Filing a trip plan
Instruct your friend or relative to call the monument and initiate a search if they do not hear from you by a prearranged date and time.
It is a good idea for each party venturing onto the monument to carry some type of emergency signaling device. As one of the most remote areas in the contiguous 48 states, some emergency signaling devices do not work on the monument and may delay reaching emergency services. Each member of the party should know how to use the device in the event of an emergency and it is often a good idea to carry more than one device. Good planning, self-reliance and commonsense will help minimize the need for emergency services. Regardless of the communication device you carry, self rescue is the first line of defense in the event of an emergency.
Because of the remoteness of the monument, technological communication devices are often not the most effective means of communication.
Did You Know?
The waxy greenish-white flowers of the Joshua Tree emit a sweet fragrance that is similar to the smell of coconut.