MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST PURCHASES SAMUELSON’S ROCKS PROPERTY

A long-time favorite spot for local hikers inside the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park has been purchased from the private owners and will eventually be transferred to the national park. The Mojave Desert Land Trust finalized the acquisition of the 60-acre parcel of land containing Samuelson’s rocks in June.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILL BE BUSY

With more than 2.5 million visitors last year to Joshua Tree National Park, the park’s Joshua Tree entrance often has a long line of cars waiting to enter the park. This week is certain to be busy as visitors come to the park during the fourth of July holiday. Edica

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FIRE CREWS RESPOND TO BRUSH FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

On June 21, at 10:27 am , a fire was reported in the Quail Springs area of Joshua Tree National Park. Fire crews from CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County, BLM and National Park Service responded to a brush fire approximately 100 yards off the road near mile marker #21. The

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PET REGULATIONS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Extreme heat can affect our pets as well. Park Ranger Pam Tripp reminds hikers of the rules for pets in the National Park…

Imagine hiking in the summer heat wearing a fur coat and hiking in bare feet. This scenario plays out all too often in Joshua Tree National Park.

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SATURN’S RINGS HIGHLIGHT AT SKY’S THE LIMIT TONIGHT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, June 17. The event begins at 8:45 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights of the night sky include Saturn and its

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK MOBILE APP

Seems there’s an app for everything nowadays, the latest is from Joshua Tree National Park and includes an essentials and a nature guide for visitors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says that’s not all…

The apps aims to help visitors get the most from their visit. It includes “The essentials guide” highlights

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CAMPFIRE TALK TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold an evening campfire talk in the park tonight. The desert tortoise faces many challenges to survive in a harsh environment. Join a ranger for a 45-minute presentation on how this desert resident copes and what we can do to protect this

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EVENING RANGER TALKS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TOMORROW

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold an evening campfire talk in the park Saturday night. The desert tortoise faces many challenges to survive in a harsh environment. Join a ranger for a 45-minute presentation on how this desert resident copes and what we can do to protect

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CITIZEN SCIENCE PRESENTATION IN WONDER VALLEY TOMORROW

In Wonder Valley, the regular second Saturday community meeting that would have taken place tomorrow has been postponed, but there is still an afternoon presentation many will find worthwhile.

“Citizen Science for Everyone” is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road. Everyone is

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SUMMER CLOSURES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK START TOMORROW

During the summer when temperatures rise, the number of people camping in Joshua Tree National Park decreases. The park responds by closing some of the campgrounds. With the campground closures is managing editor Tami Roleff… In order to reduce maintenance costs and allow vegetation a bit of a breather, Joshua

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BLM DECLARES ELEVATED FIRE RISK

The California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management has declared a level of Stage 3 fire restrictions for the area ranging from Ridgecrest, CA to the border of Mexico. Fine fuels, which are at the driest level in recorded history, combined with hot, windy conditions, have created an

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STORROR TEAM APOLOGIZES FOR JOSHUA TREE VIDEOS

The group of men who posted videos recently of them breaking several laws in Joshua Tree National Park to promote a British clothing brand removed their videos from YouTube and posted an apology to their Facebook page. In the videos promoting the Storror brand of clothing, the group of nine

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GALAXIES AND GLOBULAR CLUSTERS AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, May 27. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights of the night sky include Jupiter, the Big

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BRITISH APPAREL MARKETING TEAM CRITICIZED FOR ILLEGAL NATIONAL PARK ABUSE

A group of young men who travel the world and film themselves doing stunts to promote a British clothing brand recently released a video of themselves breaking several laws in Joshua Tree National Park. The group of nine men can be seen running up and launching themselves off a Joshua

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LOCAL DESERT DEFENDERS DISAPPOINTED IN PROPOSED PARK SERVICE BUDGET

Local desert lands supporters are “disappointed and troubled” at the new fiscal year 2018 figures for the National Park Service included in the latest budget proposal. President Trump proposed a $2.55 billion budget for the National Park Service, including funding increases for Administration priorities like deferred maintenance. The administration says

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WOMAN INJURED WHEN SHE IS THROWN FROM A HORSE

A woman was taken to the hospital Saturday after she was thrown from her horse in Joshua Tree National Park. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, the woman was riding a horse with a friend on a trail near Black Rock Campground in Yucca Valley around 4 p.m.

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TWO CAMPFIRE TALKS TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold two evening campfire talks in the park tonight. A talk on tortoise tales will be held at Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater, while at the Cottonwood campground amphitheater the topic will be on water in the desert. Both talks are at 8

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THREE CAMPFIRE TALKS THIS WEEKEND IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold three evening campfire talks in the park this weekend. Friday, May 19, stories from Keys’ Ranch is the focus of a talk at the Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater. On Saturday, May 20, a talk on tortoise tales will be held at

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ATTENDANCE UP 27%, ON TRACK FOR ANOTHER RECORD

Joshua Tree National Park set a record for annual visitation in 2016. More than 2.5 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in 2016, and 2017 appears to be on track to have even more visitors. March 2017 saw a record high of 404,545 visitors, most likely due to this

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ROCK CLIMBER BREAKS LEG IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FALL

A woman climbing the rocks in Joshua Tree National Park fell and broke her leg Monday. The woman, who was described only as being in her 20s, was climbing on Dairy Queen Wall near Hemingway when she fell and broke her lower left leg. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, along

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