Release Date: November 7, 2013
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520
During the weekend of November 9-11, 2013, Joshua Tree, along with all other National Park Service sites, will honor America's veterans by waiving entrance fees for all visitors. (The fee waiver does not include camping fees or Keys Ranch Tour fees.)
“We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of military members, past and present, and honored to tell their story at many of our national parks,” said National park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. From frontier forts to World War II battlefields, more than 70 national parks have direct connections to the military. These include our earliest national parks where army engineers designed park roads and buildings and the cavalry enforced regulation from 1886 until the National park Service was established in 1916.
The desert surrounding the 1940s-era Joshua Tree National Monument was home to numerous U.S. Army training camps commanded by General George Patton and remains of military observation posts can be found in the park.
The recently repaired section of Park Boulevard between North Entrance and the intersection with Pinto Basin Road is not paved. Visitors are reminded to slow down and use caution when driving on this dirt roadway. Also, trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak.