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March 03, 2017
Temporary Closure of Morongo Man Cliffs for Nesting Raptors
The park superintendent has issued a closure order to all public entry and public use activities for the area described as “Morongo Man Cliffs” (approximately 1 km NW of Split Rock parking lot) due to the presence of a pair of nesting red-tailed hawks.

March 02, 2017
JTNP Seeks Comments on Off-Highway Vehicle Restoration Grant Application
Joshua Tree National Park is inviting the public to comment on its 2016/17 preliminary restoration grant application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division.

January 20, 2017
Joshua Tree National Park Plans to Expand Cottonwood Visitor Center
The Park has implemented a planning process to expand the existing visitor facilities adjacent to the Cottonwood Visitor Center on the southern border of the park.

January 17, 2017
Joshua Tree National Park Sees Record Visitation in 2016
Over 2.5 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in calendar year 2016, up over 500,000 from 2015. While that is good news for the park and surrounding communities, it has translated into long entrance lines, full campgrounds and congested parking.

January 12, 2017
Public Meeting for Eagle Mountain Boundary Study
The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service will conduct a joint public meeting to discuss and hear comments on the Secretary of Interior’s proposal for the Eagle Mountain area.

December 29, 2016
Joshua Tree National Park Experiencing Record Visitation
Joshua Tree National Park is experiencing unprecedented visitation. All campgrounds are currently full and visitors can expect up to an hour wait time at the Joshua Tree entrance.

December 20, 2016
Fees Increase at Joshua Tree National Park 2016
Joshua Tree National Park announced that, effective January 3, 2017, park fees would increase. These increases come about after extensive civic engagement from Oct. 21st to Nov. 22nd, 2014 and a high level of support from federal, state and county stakeholders as well as commercial operators.

December 12, 2016
National Park Service releases final recommendations for the Eagle Mountain boundary study and environmental assessment
The National Park Service released its finding of no significant impact today on the effects of adjusting the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park to include lands in the Eagle Mountain area of Riverside County. The Park Service recommends adding more than 20,000 acres of federal, state and private lands to the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park.

November 17, 2016
No Sign of Missing L.A. Couple in Joshua Tree National Park
Park rangers have been looking for a missing Los Angeles couple believed to have been possibly travelling to the park and or, the Imperial Dunes area. Visitor centers have been alerted and a thorough search of roads and campgrounds have failed to result in any lead in the couple’s disappearance. Park staff will continue to search and be on the lookout as part of normal duties.

November 02, 2016
Joshua Tree National Park to Honor Veterans with a Fee Free Day in November 2016
In honor of our nation’s veterans and the sacrifices they make, Veteran’s Day, November 11th will be a fee free day in the park.

October 28, 2016
Joshua Tree National Park Announces Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory (JT Lab)
Otis College of Art and Design has partnered with the park to create the Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory (JT Lab), an initiative which will explore a variety of ways that artists can contribute to the overall mission of the National Park Service.

October 26, 2016
Joshua Tree National Park and Association Accepting Applications for 2016 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants
Graduate students interested in doing research in Joshua Tree National Park are invited to apply for assistance through the 2016 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants program. Research proposals should focus on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park. The application deadline is October 31, 2016 and awards will be announced by December 15, 2016.

October 18, 2016
Joshua Tree National Park Announces Night Sky Festival 2016
The Park will host its second annual Night Sky Festival beginning Friday, October 28 and running through Sunday, October 30.

October 13, 2016
Park Steps Up Enforcement of "Closed Area" Violators
Due to recent thefts and closed area violations at Keys Ranch, the park is stepping up monitoring and enforcement of those in violation of no entry areas in and around the ranch site.

September 15, 2016
49 Palms Oasis Reopens for Visitors
Park officials announced that the popular 49 Palms Oasis has been reopened for park visitors. Park biologists state that cooler temperatures, additional forage and the impact of recent rain activity in the area, create conditions favorable for reopening the oasis, which has been closed since the end of June.

September 01, 2016
Joshua Tree Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass
Joshua Tree National Park encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters. Visit to download the pass and obtain more information.

June 21, 2016
Joshua Tree Announces Temporary Closure of 49 Palms Oasis
Due to extremely hot and dry conditions, park management has closed 49 Palms Oasis to visitors. Hikers will be allowed approximately one-half mile on the trail before signage closes off the route into the oasis.

June 02, 2016
Dog Dies on Joshua Tree National Park Hiking Trail
A pet dog died on the Lost Palms Oasis trail on Saturday afternoon, May 28, 2016, when two male park visitors from Long Beach, Calif., took the animal with them on a seven-mile desert hike. Pets are not permitted on trails in Joshua Tree National Park.

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