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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

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So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Joshua Tree National Park is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Joshua Tree National Park is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of California and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Joshua Tree National Park is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of California and the local community for more detailed information.

Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed

Joshua Tree National Park currently has visitors centers, stores, or other facilities closed due to Covid-19. It is highly suggested that you bring all the supplies you may need in case a store is closed or shopping is limited due to local communities or the park. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of California and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: September 16, 2021
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Joshua Tree National Park News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Joshua Tree National Park - News section for more.

  • Body Found in Joshua Tree National Park

    January 19, 2022 | 11:07 am

    On Monday, January 17, 2022, at approximately 9:50am, National Park Service responded to a report of a deceased man in the area of the Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Climbing Management Plan begins Public Scoping

    January 13, 2022 | 9:33 am

    Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP) will begin Public Scoping on the Climbing Management Plan (CMP) on January 13, 2022. The Public Scoping period will run for 45-days, ending February 27.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Prepare for Crowds at Joshua Tree National Park

    November 23, 2021 | 9:15 am

    Winter holidays and the spring months are the busiest times of the year at Joshua Tree National Park. Crowded conditions create limited parking, full campgrounds, and lines at park entrances.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Opening of Artist-in-Resident Filtering the Landscape Exhibition

    November 16, 2021 | 4:33 pm

    Joshua Tree National Park management is pleased to announce a new art exhibition by former Artist-in-Residence, Sharon Lee Hart. Filtering the Landscape is inspired by Hart’s fall 2019 artist residency at the park and encompasses two bodies of work.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Temporary Closure of Odell Road in Joshua Tree National Park

    November 15, 2021 | 4:38 pm

    For three days, Tuesday, November 16; Thursday, November 18; and, Monday, November 22, 2021, Joshua Tree National Park managers will close a section of Odell Road north of Queen Valley Road for visitor and staff safety. This temporary closure will allow the park to continue to repair damage to vegetation and soils caused by unauthorized pull-outs along this road.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Temporary Closure of Queen Valley Road in Joshua Tree National Park

    October 27, 2021 | 4:23 pm

    Beginning Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Joshua Tree National Park managers will close a section of Queen Valley Road for visitor and staff safety. The closure will begin at 7:00 AM and go through 5:00 PM November 2-4, and November 8-10.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Temporary Closure Lifted for 49 Palms Hiking Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

    September 9, 2021 | 9:00 am

    The temporary closure of the 49 Palms Hiking Trail that began Monday June 14, 2021 has been lifted.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Campground Updates

    September 1, 2021 | 11:45 am

    As of September 1, 2021, campers will now make same-day reservations for reservation campgrounds on recreation.gov. Additionally, first-come, first-served campgrounds have a new payment method. A ranger will be at campgrounds throughout the day to collect campsite fees with a portable register.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Joshua Tree National Park Seeking Public Comment

    August 19, 2021 | 11:54 am

    Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP) leadership is seeking public comment on two projects: Construct New West Entrance Fee Station; and Barker Dam Parking Lot Expansion. These projects are proposed to improve visitor satisfaction and to address congestion at two of the park’s most frequented areas. On August 18, 2021, the park will begin a 30-day public comment period for both these projects.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Visitation to Joshua Tree National Park Creates $122 Million in Economic Benefits in 2020

    June 29, 2021 | 11:38 am

    A new National Park Service (NPS) report finds that 2.4 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park spent over $122 million in local communities in 2020. These expenditures supported a total of 1,510 jobs, $60.1 million in labor income, $102 million in value-added, and $164 million in economic output in gateway economies.

    Read more at nps.gov