Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect travel delays up to 30-minutes
The ongoing construction project to improve Pinto Basin Road will impact travel between the northern portion of the park and the Cottonwood/I-10 area. Please plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed in August 2014. 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.
Access to some Cottonwood trails remains closed
Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »
Joshua Tree National Park Association was incorporated as the nonprofit cooperating association for Joshua Tree National Park in 1962. The mission for the Joshua Tree National Park Association is to assist with preservation, education, historical, and scientific programs for the benefit of Joshua Tree National Park and its visitors.
Members of JTNPA receive a 15 percent discount on all purchases at park bookstores, as well as most other national park cooperating association bookstores.
The Desert Institute, the educational branch of Joshua Tree National Park Association, offers outdoor classes in science, history, and the arts. Classes vary in length from one to three days and are taught on weekends. Some classes offer optional college credit through UC Riverside. Course fees vary from $45 to $200.
In addition four lecture series are offered free, or at minimal cost. The topics include cultural history, natural science, and the arts in Joshua Tree National Park, the Morongo Basin, and the Coachella Valley.
Did You Know?
The red-spotted toad is a true denizen of the desert, where it spends most of its life underground. Found from one end of the park to the other, it appears after good, soaking rains. More...