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Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, California –
Joshua Tree National Park will once again close some campgrounds for the 2014 summer season. Summer is the slow season at the park and there is less demand for overnight camping during these hot summer months. Seasonal campground closures allow impacted natural areas to recover, and also help to reduce the cost of maintaining these facilities.
The following closures took place on Tuesday, May 27, 2014:
• Belle Campground- closed entirely at the access road.
• Black Rock Campground- east side of the campground will close. West side remains open.
• Cottonwood Campground- B loop will close. A Loop remains open.
• Indian Cove Campground- west side of the campground will close. East side and the group campsites remain open.
• Ryan Campground- closed entirely at the access road.
• White Tank Campground- closed entirely at the access road. The campground restroom and the Arch Rock Nature Trail remain open for hikers.
These facilities will reopen for the October, 2014 Columbus Day weekend, or earlier as needed based on park visitation. All other park facilities including visitor centers, picnic areas, and other campgrounds remain open for normal visitor use. Black Rock Nature Center is closed until October as well.
In addition to the above campground closures, the closure for the Cottonwood Springs Oasis and trail areas will be continued until further notice. This closure is necessary to allow for remediation of the damage and safety hazards in the area from the September 2013 floods.
For more information see, www.nps.gov/jotr, or follow us on Twitter @JoshuaTreeNP, and on Facebook at Joshua Tree NP