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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 19, 2016
Come Volunteer at Joshua Tree National Park for National Public Lands Day
Volunteers are invited to Joshua Tree National Park to participate in the 23 rd annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24.

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.

August 23, 2016
Chief Ranger Jeff Ohlfs Announces Retirement
Chief Ranger Jeff Ohlfs will be retiring on August 31 after 32 years with the National Park Service (NPS), having worked for the agency one third of its existence. He has served at Joshua Tree for 26 years.

August 17, 2016
Joshua Tree Celebrates the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service
Join the park staff at Oasis Visitor Center on Thursday, August 25 at 10am for birthday cake and celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.

August 15, 2016
Fatality in Joshua Tree National Park
On Saturday, August 13, 2016, a 56 year old woman died while hiking in the Cottonwood area of Joshua Tree National Park.

August 03, 2016
Selections Made for 2016-2017 Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence Program
Joshua Tree National Park and Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) are pleased to announce the selections for the 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. One writer and five visual artists have been invited to participate in the program’s tenth year of hosting artists from around the country.

July 12, 2016
Dave Larson Receives Recognition From Secretary of the Interior
Joshua Tree National Park Association employee Dave Larsen, was awarded one of only eight Department of Interior Individual Customer Service Awards given in 2016.

July 05, 2016
Keys View Road Reopens After Search
Park officials reopened Keys View Road after a weekend closure for search and rescue operations. Access to Keys View Overlook was closed to park visitors as a safety precaution for search and helicopter operations.

June 30, 2016
Gallery Hosts Art Auction Benefitting Two National Parks
Net proceeds from artwork purchased at auction will be donated to the Joshua Tree National Park Association and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, in honor of the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service.

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.

February 12, 2016
Joshua Tree Superintendent Issues Temporary Emergency Closure of Two Sensitive Sites
Superintendent David Smith has ordered temporary closures, under Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, section 1.5(a)(1), for two historical and culturally sensitive sites in the park. The sites are Carey’s Castle and the El Sid Mine. Recent press articles and social media postings have led to increased traffic to both areas and the disappearance of historic artifacts.

January 04, 2016
Hike with the Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent
The National Park Service turns 100 years old this year. In recognition and celebration of this milestone, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith will be leading hikes up 5 different peaks in the park.

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