Joshua Tree National Park News
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Fire Restrictions in Joshua Tree National Park
June 21, 2021 | 5:00 pm
Due to hot, dry weather conditions, high winds, and increasing fire danger, Joshua Tree National Park will implement fire restrictions at the direction of the Superintendent, beginning Monday, June 21, 2021.
Joshua Tree National Park Announces Proposal to Increase Camping Fees
June 14, 2021 | 9:40 am
Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR) proposes an increase in camping fees commensurate with customer demand and use. In the past five years, camp night stays have increased 23% and campgrounds are full almost half the year. The proposed increase of $5 per night per site will allow for additional park staff that will enhance customer service and offer a greater presence in campgrounds. This stronger presence will allow the park to better address common campground issues such as noise complaints, unattended food and trash disposal, graffiti, and campsite poaching.
Body Located in Joshua Tree National Park
June 14, 2021 | 9:35 am
The search for a Twentynine Palms man was suspended today after a body was located in Joshua Tree National Park. This multi-day effort was conducted by National Park Service, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue (JOSAR), California Highway Patrol Air Operations, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Temporary Closure of 49 Palms Hiking Trail in Joshua Tree National Park
June 11, 2021 | 3:17 pm
Beginning Monday June 14, 2021 Joshua Tree National Park managers will close the 49 Palms Trail to allow bighorn sheep undisturbed access to surface water. The park is under extreme drought conditions and herds in the area are increasingly reliant on the oasis spring to survive the hot summer months. The closure will remain in place until summer monsoons provide adequate rainfall to increase water availability. Park wildlife biologists will be monitoring the situation closely.
June 11, 2021; Missing person search initiated in Joshua Tree National Park
June 11, 2021 | 11:13 am
National Park Service received a report of a missing Twentynine Palms man on June 10, 2021. Patrick Lynn Welz, 38 was last seen on June 5 when he left to drive to Riverside to visit his father. Park staff located his truck in the Indian Cove parking lot on June 10.
Missing Person Search Initiated in Joshua Tree National Park
May 24, 2021 | 8:32 am
Joseph John Alvarez Espinosa (Joey), 20, of Oceanside, California, was last seen by a family member who dropped him off for a hike on Sunday, May 16, 2021.