JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITORS SPENT $97 MILLION

A new National Park Service report shows that more than two million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in 2015, up from 1.6 million in 2014. Those 2,025,755 visitors spent a lot of money in the Morongo Basin. The most recent economic analysis of Joshua Tree National Park showed that

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WILDFLOWER IDENTIFICATION HIKE TOMORROW

Just four miles north of Yucca Valley is part of President Obama’s recently proclaimed Sand to Snow National Monument. A naturalist with the Joshua Tree National Park Association will lead a wildflower walk in the area Saturday morning. Reporter Edica Gonzales has more information…

Darrell Shade, naturalist for Joshua Tree

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USE ALTERNATE PARK ENTRANCE STATIONS DURING BUSY TIMES

Spring break starts this week. Joshua Tree National Park is expecting many visitors during this busy time. Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp with some alternate entrances to the park… Every year our entrance stations, campgrounds, and visitor centers at Joshua Tree National Park get busier and busier. With at least

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPANSION STUDIED, PUBLIC COMMENTS SOUGHT

The National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management are discussing whether to significantly expand the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter David Haldane has the details… Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park may soon have an extra 32,000-plus acres to explore. That’s the size of the parcel federal

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HIKING SAFETY TIPS

With free entrance to Joshua Tree and all other National Parks all next week, starting tomorrow, many people will be out taking a hike in Nature’s wonderlands. ROP broadcast Student Brianna Collins reminds us to hike safely… It’s getting warmer, so you know what that means! Hiking season! If you’re

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PARK-TO-PARK BIKE RIDE SIGNUP DEADLINE TOMORROW

The Park-to-Park ride and festival is set for Saturday, April 30. Managing editor Tami Roleff reminds you the signup deadline is tomorrow… Joshua Tree National Park, the City of Twentynine Palms, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center are co-sponsoring the Park to Park Ride and Festival to be

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FREE ENTRY TO JOSHUA TREE AND OTHER NATIONAL PARKS ALL NEXT WEEK

National Park Week starts this Saturday, April 16, and to celebrate, all national parks, including Joshua Tree National Park, have waived their entrance fees through April 24. As part of National Park Week, the park will have a booth at the Earth Day celebration at the Yucca Valley Community Center

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SATURDAY IS JUNIOR RANGER DAY AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Joshua Tree National Park is offering a Junior Ranger Day. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has all the details… April 17 is Junior Ranger Day at Joshua Tree National Park. Explore, learn, and protect the park as kids take part in programs and earn badges. Stop by any visitor center

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SAN DIEGO CLIMBER RESCUED IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY

Rescue personnel worked for hours Saturday to reach a rock climber who broke his ankle high up in the rocks in Joshua Tree National Park. County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff said personnel from Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, Joshua Tree Fire Station all responded to a

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ANNUAL ARTS FESTIVAL AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Annual Joshua Tree National Park Arts Festival is now open at the Twentynine Palms Headquarters building. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has your invitation… Spring is in the air and art is in the park at this year’s 24th annual Arts Festival at Joshua Tree National Park. The event runs

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ANNUAL ARTS FESTIVAL AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK OPENS TOMORROW

The Annual Joshua Tree National Park Arts Festival opens tomorrow for 3-days at the Twentynine Palms Headquarters building. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has your invitation… Spring is in the air and art is in the park at this year’s 24th annual Arts Festival at Joshua Tree National Park. The event

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BIRD SINGING AND DANCE AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

The first of several events celebrating Native American art and culture in the Morongo Basin will be held tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff says bird dancing is an important part of Native American culture… The public is invited to join about 700 fourth graders tomorrow (Friday, April 1) to participate

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HIKE WITH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT SATURDAY

As part of the centennial year, Joshua Tree National Park is offering a hiking challenge. Hikers can pick up a free Centennial Hiking Challenge booklet at any of the Park’s visitor centers. Inside are suggested hikes, a log to record your hikes, and a page for rangers to sign which

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TAKING YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS APPLICATIONS

Young people looking for work experience and some adventure may want to consider applying for the Joshua Tree National Park’s Youth Conservation Corps. ROP Broadcast Student Shelby Shupp says applications are being taken now… Joshua Tree National Park is giving youths an opportunity to have a summer experience with hands-on

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PARK TO PARK BIKE RIDE AND FESTIVAL SET FOR APRIL 30

A new event is being organized for all bicycle enthusiasts. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to register for the Park-to-Park Bike Ride and Festival… Joshua Tree National Park, the City of Twentynine Palms, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center are co-sponsoring the Park to Park Ride

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PARK TO PARK BIKE RIDE AND FESTIVAL

A family friendly festival has been planned as well as a bike ride. With all the details, here’s managing editor Tami Rolloff… Joshua Tree National Park, the City of Twentynine Palms, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center are co-sponsoring the Park to Park Ride and Festival to be

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USE ALTERNATIVE PARK ENTRANCE STATIONS DURING BUSY TIMES

Joshua Tree National Park will be busy this weekend, with thousands of visitors flocking to the park for the holiday weekend. Park Ranger Pam Tripp reminds residents that the gates will be backed up, and to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors, adding

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FOURTH GRADERS FREE AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, PROGRAM SATURDAY

Fourth graders can enjoy a special program in Joshua Tree National Park this Saturday. Park Ranger Pam Tripp reminds you that fourth graders and everyone in the car with them go to national parks for free… There is exciting news. Fourth graders are eligible for a free annual pass to

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ANOTHER ROCK CLIMBER FALLS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

It’s spring break and that means the rock climbers are out in force in Joshua Tree National Park. For the second day in a row, Joshua Tree firefighters were called to help a rock climber who fell in Joshua Tree National Park. About 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, a 21-year-old man from

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ROCK CLIMBER RESCUED IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A rock climber escaped serious injury when he fell in Joshua Tree National Park Monday afternoon. Rescue personnel said the man, identified only as being about 19 or 20 years old, was rock climbing in the Ryan Campground area when he somehow fell about 20 or 30 feet about 1

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