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Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520
Twentynine Palms, CA — Joshua Tree National Park staff are excited to announce that the Yucca Valley Town Council has voted unanimously to repair the Black Rock Canyon Road. This road serves as the main entrance into the western portion of Joshua Tree National Park, leading directly to one of the busiest campgrounds and to Black Rock Nature Center. Black Rock Nature Center has served up to 23,000 school children per year in the past, a tradition the education staff is proud to continue into the future.
"Yucca Valley city managers have demonstrated a true commitment to supporting the national park and the role of tourism here in the Morongo Basin," stated Superintendent David Smith. "Without good partners in our gateway communities, we lack both the financial resources and the ability to serve the nearly 1.4 million visitors who pass through the park each year."
Joshua Tree National Park supported about 770 local jobs and helped generate over $62 million in 2013. "We are proud to welcome visitors from around the country and around the world," said Smith. "With these community partnerships, we can continue to be a premier location for tourism in southern California."
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