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Closure of Joshua Tree National Park in response to Hurricane Hilary 

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Date: August 18, 2023
Contact: Donovan Smith, 951-733-9364

Due to Tropical Storm Hilary, the park is expected to receive sever rainfall and flash flooding. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Joshua Tree National Park Starting August 19th at 11 am until August 21st at 5 pm. Park management is monitoring the current condition of the storm closely. For employee and visitor safety, park management is initiating a closure of the park over the next 36 hours.

Park staff will continue to monitor the park and assess conditions as needed. Visitors are encouraged to seek shelter and have a safety plan.

The southeast California region could experience heavy rainfall and potential heavy flooding. Reconsider outdoor activities for this weekend, be prepared to turn around if you experience moving water on roadways and be alert for lightning.

For more information about current road conditions in Joshua Tree, please visit our Current Conditions page.

Last updated: August 19, 2023

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