• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • Cottonwood Trails Closed

    Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »

  • Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect 30+ Minute Travel Delays

    Visitors should expect 30+ minute waits when heading north and sound bound on the Pinto Basin Road. Due to construction activity around Cottonwood Visitor Center, additional waits of 30 minutes may be in place when leaving the visitor center parking lot. More »

  • Deteriorating conditions of Black Rock Canyon Road

    The road leading to Black Rock campground has deep potholes, is deeply rutted, and can be difficult to negotiate, especially in large vehicles. Please drive with caution.

Climbing Closures

Some areas of the park are permanently closed to rock climbing and bouldering due to their proximity to sensitive resources or private property. Other areas are closed temporarily to protect sensitive wildlife.

 

Temporary Climbing and Bouldering Closures

There are currently no temporary closures in place.

Permanent Climbing and Bouldering Closures

Rock Climbing Routes

  • Energy Crisis, on the east side of Little Hunk formation
  • The Schwarzenegger Wall, at the north end of Rockwork Rock formation
  • Zombie Woof Rock formation
  • The Maverick Boulder formation

Bouldering Problems

  • Pictograph Boulder, at the base of Queen Mountain
  • Shindig, on Indian Cave Boulder
  • Lonely Stones Area #3
  • The Shipwreck formation
  • The entire Indian Wave Boulders circut, except for Native Arete
  • Wormholes, in The Underground

Private Property

  • The private property across from the Hemingway parking area
  • Keys Ranch Visitors to the ranch must be accompanied by a park ranger; scheduled tours are available.

Did You Know?

a tarantula

When cornered by a predator, a tarantula will rub its hind legs over its abdomen, brushing hairs into its enemy’s eyes. More...