Indian Canyon Drive Reopens; Summer Storms Close Roads In Joshua Tree National Park

Road Update 9 a-m Tuesday August 9th 2022

 

Indian Canyon Drive has been reopened through the wash in Palm Springs.

 

Box Canyon Road is closed in Mecca.

 

All other roads in the Coachella Valley are open.

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The High Desert was hit harder.

On Monday, August 8th, 2022, Joshua Tree National Park management closed the south boundary road, as well as a five-mile stretch of Pinto Basin Road between Porcupine Wash and Turkey Flats due to severe flooding.

Park staff have evacuated all visitors from the southern portion of the park. Road crews will reevaluate the situation on Tuesday August 9th 2022,  and will reopen roadways as soon as possible. All facilities and roadways in the northern portion for the park remain open and available for visitor use.

Monsoon rains often cause flash floods that can quickly turn deadly. Turn around and don’t drown during summer storms. Always check the weather forecast before entering the park. Dirt roads may close at no notice due to storm damage. Please be alert for tortoises in roadways as they often emerge during a rain.

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Two-hundred-thirty-four people finally made it down from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Monday evening August 8th 2022 after thunderstorms, heavy rain,  and hail stranded them for awhile Monday afternoon.

The problem?   Mud and water from the quick-hitting thunderstorms flooded Tram Way, preventing the visitors from coming down the road.

Once the rain stopped, and the road was inspected, the visitors were escorted down the road, back into town.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is closed on Tuesday August 9th 2022.

Road Open Sign from Palm Springs CA Police Dept.