With the current federal government shutdown, there are many questions about access to recreation resources inside the Park. Last time there was a government shutdown, the Park was closed continuously for over two weeks, with barricades at the entrances to prevent vehicle access. This time, the feds are handling things a bit differently.  The situation… Read More

NOW is the time to let those who manage access to our Parks know what you think about an astronomical increase in per vehicle fees entering the Park during peak season. The comment period ends NOVEMBER 23, December 22, 2017, extended due to heavy response. ADD to it, please.   Here’s the gist of what our… Read More

Join FOJT, JOSAR, and the climbing community in a gathering hosted by Joshua Tree National Park! March 8, 2017 6-8pm at the Joshua Tree Community Center (doors open 5:30pm).  Let your voice be heard… Come and discuss the current and future state of climbing in the national park. Snacks provided. … Read More

JUST ADDED- Thanks to our sponsoring brands and insider connections, Top climbing athletes Peter Croft, Hans Florine, Brad Gobright, Chris Schulte and Rob Mulligan are confirmed to anchor Climb Smart 2016! We still have a few tickets left for the 20th staging of this super-fun kickoff to the climbing season in Josh. Join us for a… Read More

Time to mark your calendars, everyone. OCTOBER 14-16 is the annual FOJT Climb Smart event, staging once again at Joshua Tree Lakes Campground and in various spots inside JTNP. This  year will be a special community gathering marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 19th staging of this seasonal kickoff to… Read More


February 5-7, 2016, a women’s-specific climbing course focused on trad techniques is being brought to Joshua Tree in a collaboration with the good folks at Cliffhanger Guides. From their site you’ll see this is one group that celebrates and educates around multi-pitch trad climbing with and for Women. They do have a funny name… but they take… Read More

Climb Smart 2015 happened under dramatic skies in and around Joshua Tree National Park this past weekend (October 16-18, 2015) with education as the centerpiece of a festival that brought together 200+ climbers from around the Western U.S. to kick off the season. Staged with lightning flashing in the night sky, thunder rolling nearby but… Read More