Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

Park Closure

  • Alert 1 , Severity ,closure ,, Closures Due to Storm Damage Heavy rains caused flooding in the park on October 12th-13th. The south entrance (off I-10) is open but restricted to one lane of traffic. Use an alternate route, where possible. Some dirt roads are closed.

Information

  • Alert 1 , Severity ,information ,, Missing Hiker Paul Miller, 51, was last seen on Friday, July 13th as he departed his hotel with the intention of hiking Fortynine Palms Oasis, a popular hiking trail. Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of this individual, please call: (909) 383-5651.
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Color photo looking down Pinto Basin Road near Cottonwood Visitor Center. The road is completely obscured by dirt, gravel, and boulders washed onto the road during a flash flood October 12th.
Floods caused major damage to Pinto Basin Road south of Cottonwood Visitor Center.

NPS / Alex Snay

Closures due to October Storm

Heavy rains on October 12th, 2018 caused flash flooding throughout Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding area. Staff is working to assess damage and clean-up roads and facilitaties. Currently, the South Entrance is open, but restricted to one lane of traffic in some areas. Use caution. Find an alternate route if you are in an oversized vehicle or driving an RV.

Dirt Roads

  • Open: Queen Valley, Desert Queen Mine, O'dell, Bighorn Pass, Geology Tour, and Lost Horse Mine roads
  • Closed: all other dirt roads
 

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Air Quality


During the summer when temperatures soar, air quality may be poor. Please use caution and check our Live Weather & Air Quality Data page. During the fall and winter months, air quality is generally good.

Air Quality

North and West entrance stations

  • Moderate on November 5th and 6th

Cottonwood Campground

  • Good

Coxcombs Mountains

  • Good

Advisory Level Health Concern
Good None
Moderate Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
Unhealthy People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
 

Average Weather

Days are typically clear with less than 25% humidity. Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average highs around 85°F (29°C) and average lows around 50°F (10°C) respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60°F (15°C), and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at higher elevations. Summers are hot, over 100°F (38°C) during the day and not cooling much below 75°F (24°C) at night.

 

Last updated: November 6, 2018

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Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597

Phone:

(760) 367-5500

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