RECORD ATTENDANCE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

More than 327,000 people visited Joshua Tree National Park in March, setting an all-time attendance record. In March 2015, 256,000 people visited the park. Park officials said visitor centers, campgrounds, and hiking trails were extremely busy as park visitors enjoyed the weather and a much better wildflower bloom than in

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGERS CITE 4 FOR VANDALISM, DRUGS

Joshua Tree National Park rangers, operating on a tip from park visitors, apprehended and cited four men for vandalism and possession of a controlled substance. About 2:30 p.m. April 15, climbers in the Oyster Bar area of the park called park officials to report they smelled and saw fresh paint

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NATIONAL PARK RESCUES: WHO RESPONDS AND WHO PAYS? A SPECIAL REPORT

Recent rescues of climbers and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park raised questions about who responds to the rescues, and who pays the bill? Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with County Battalion Chief Rick Denison recently and got some answers… Good news if you’re a San Bernardino County resident and

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TOURISTS INJURED IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Five Korean tourists had a drive in Joshua Tree National Park Thursday that was a little more exciting that than they had planned. County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard said Joshua Tree firefighters were called about 7:15 to a roll-over crash on Geology Tour Road. Blanchard said that two tourists who

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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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