JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TEMPORARILY CLOSES SOME CLIMBING ROUTES

Some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park have been closed due to nesting golden eagles. A park spokeswoman announced Thursday that the following climbing routes in Rattlesnake Canyon have been temporarily closed: Witch Hunt, South of Heaven, Rattlesnake Buttress, Rattlesnake Forks, Margaret Thatcher Spire, the Stepping Stones, the Bulkhead,

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PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD CUT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FUNDING 11%

The White House released its version of the budget Monday, which, while it includes an additional $195 billion for the military over the next two years, slashes budgets for other departments and programs, such as the Department of the Interior, which oversees the National Park Service. The Interior Department’s new

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CORPORATE LEADERS JOIN MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST IN DESERT CLEAN-UP

Aided by Mojave Desert Land Trust volunteers and the Bureau of Land Management, 67 corporate leaders helped remove trash Tuesday from an area of desert bordering Joshua Tree National Park and Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. The volunteers cleared about three acres at Long Canyon and filled a 20-yard dumpster with

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD IN 2017

Annual visitation to Joshua Tree National Park grew by nearly 340,000 visitors over last year’s record of 2.5 million visitors. Visitation to the national park in our back yard has increased for four consecutive years, and is now at a record 2,853,619 for 2017. Superintendent David Smith said many visitors

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ROLLS OUT NEW SHUTTLE SERVICE

The recent surge of tourists to Joshua Tree National Park has been a boon to local businesses, but has also put a strain on area resources as visitors overwhelm park roadways and compete for a limited number of campsites. Two new efforts aim to provide some relief. Reporter Mike Lipsitz

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MORONGO BASIN FEDERAL WORKERS GO BACK TO WORK TODAY

Federal workers will go back to work today (Tuesday) after Congress finally passed a government spending bill Monday, and the bill was signed by Donald Trump Monday night. For 69 hours, the government was shut down and non-essential federal employees were furloughed Monday. Rangers should be back at work at

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GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN ENDS; FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO GO BACK TO WORK TUESDAY

Federal workers will go back to work today (Tuesday) after Congress finally passed a government spending bill Monday, and the bill was signed by Donald Trump Monday night. For 69 hours, the government was shut down and non-essential federal employees were furloughed Monday. Rangers should be back at work at

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EVEN “NATURAL” WASTE IS LITTER

Think it’s alright to leave organic waste such as fruit peels and uneaten food on the national park’s desert floor? Park Ranger Pam Tripp says you should think again…

Many visitors to Joshua Tree National Park make efforts to reduce the amount of waste they produce by re-using or recycling.

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EXPERTS DISCUSS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES TOMORROW

The Mojave Chapter of the California Native Plants Society will host a discussion on non-native and invasive plant species in Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details… Joshua Tree National Park is home to over 750 species of vascular plants, of which 58 are non-native and many

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST BUYS 630 ACRE “JUNIPER CANYON” PROPERTY

Not even two months after the Mojave Desert Land Trust announced it was trying to raise the last $11,000 it needed to buy 630 acres bordering Joshua Tree National Park, the land trust announced Tuesday it has purchased the property it calls Juniper Canyon. The land trust said it’s been

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CHAOS AT OVER-CAPACITY JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Thousands of visitors have descended on Joshua Tree National Park this holiday season, breaking daily visitation records. On Thursday, cars were backed up for over a mile waiting to get in at the west entrance to the park in Joshua Tree, and some drivers were going off road to find

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73-YEAR-OLD HIKER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 73-year-old hiker had to be rescued with a Sheriff’s helicopter after he fell in Joshua Tree National Park. According to a Sheriff’s press release, Peter Wallenstein, of Blacksburg, Virginia, was hiking Friday with his family near Ryan’s Ranch Trail when he fell about 1:30 p.m. and suffered several injuries.

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NATIONAL PARK AND MONUMENTS

Joshua Tree National Park and our three neighboring national monuments figured prominently in many of our top stories in 2017. Joshua Tree National Park officials announced in January that a record number of people visited Joshua Tree in 2016—2.5 million, and numbers are expected to be even higher in 2017.

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DEADLINE TO COMMENT ON NATIONAL PARK FEE INCREASES IS NEXT WEEK

The Trump administration is proposing to double, triple, or almost quadruple the price of admission during peak season to 17 of the most popular national parks. Starting in January 2018, a 7-day car pass in Joshua Tree National Park is proposed to increase to $70, from the current $25, between

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST BUYS PROPERTY NEXT TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Mojave Desert Land Trust has acquired a property bordering Joshua Tree National Park that could provide access to hiking and climbing opportunities inside the park. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her hiking boots…

The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently acquired a 20-acre property that borders Joshua Tree National

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATS TO LEARN ABOUT DARK SKIES SATURDAY

Joshua Tree National Park was recently designated an International Dark Sky Park. Learn more about dark skies and the park during a presentation at the Morongo Basin Democratic club’s monthly meeting Saturday, December 9. The 10 a.m. meeting is preceded by an optional $10 buffet breakfast at 9 a.m. at

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CLIMBER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY

A rock climber who fell in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday was rescued by Sheriff’s deputies in a night-time helicopter hoist. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Angela Guo of San Diego was climbing in Ryan Canyon when she fell about 150 feet and was suspended in mid-air by a rope

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MISSING HIKER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WAS NOT LOST

Joshua Tree National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue volunteers spent two days searching for a missing 18-year-old Belgian hiker who, it turns out, wasn’t lost after all. According to Joshua Tree National Park spokeswoman Jennie Albrinck, Ullysee Gerken had been dropped off at the Boy Scout trail in Indian

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BELGIAN HIKER MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

UPDATE: 11:35 AM, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26.

HIKER LOCATED!!

Joshua Tree National Park spokesman said, “The missing hiker has been located. A misunderstanding concerning his return date was clarified and no further search is necessary.”

 

UPDATE: 10:12 am SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Belgian Hiker Still missing. Searchers are following up on

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GERMAN ARTIST TO LEAD ARTIST’S TEA IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUNDAY

A German artist will lead this week’s artist tea at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the demonstration will combine the elements, binary code, and digital time…

German artist Johanna Wagner will host the artist’s tea in Joshua Tree National Park tomorrow. Wagner will

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