JTNP Reopens Pinto Basin Road

Park Reopens Pinto Basin Road,
Some Cottonwood Area Facilities Remain Closed

Joshua Tree National Park reopened Park Route 11, the Pinto Basin Road, for visitor use on Tuesday, November 1. Also opening for visitor use is the Cottonwood Visitor Center. The Cottonwood Campground and Cottonwood Springs Oasis will remain closed as repairs to the campground and area trails have not yet been completed. The Pinto Basin Road has been closed since September 13 due to flash flood damage caused by approximately 3 inches of rain that fell in the area during a torrential rainstorm.

Other visitor facilities that reopened today include the following four-wheel drive roads that intersect the Pinto Basin Road:

  • Old Dale Road (from Route 11 north to the park boundary)
  • Black Eagle Mine Road (from Route 11 east to the park boundary)
  • Pinkham/Thermal Canyon Roads (from Route 11 southwest to the park boundary)

The Cottonwood Visitor Center is open daily with regular operating hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two self-guided natural trails, the Botanical Nature Trail located adjacent to the visitor center and the Bajada Nature Trail near the park’s south boundary just north of Interstate 10, have also reopened for public use.

The Pinto Basin Road is open for two-lane travel along its entire length, however, there remain several short unpaved sections where travelers should reduce speeds and exercise caution.

For further information about Joshua Tree National Park facilities and services, the public can call 760-367-5500, or visit the park’s website at: www.nps.gov/jotr.



Contact: Joe Zarki, 760-367-5520

JTCA Contact,
Nov 1, 2011, 11:41 PM