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Contact: George Land, 760-367-5507
Annual visitation grew from just over 2.5M in 2016 to 2,853,619 this past year. That is an increase of over 338,000 visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2017 and the continuation of four consecutive years of record visitation numbers.
Superintendent David Smith said, “We are pleased to see the number of visitors taking our suggestions by visiting during off-peak times, coming during the week and using the entrance at Cottonwood to avoid big weekend crowds. The new park shuttle is also helping to insure a great park experience to visitors even with our record numbers”.
In order to reduce traffic congestion, the park has just launched a shuttle-bus service that will allow visitors to leave their vehicles outside the park and let someone else do the driving. The shuttle has scheduled stops at Joshua Tree Visitor Center and Oasis Visitor Center as well as a number of stops both inside the park and in the surrounding community. For more information on the shuttle visit, www.jtnproadrunner.org.