Two areas of Joshua Tree National Park noted for their mining artifacts have been closed indefinitely because of looting, according to the park's superintendent.
The areas include Carey's Castle and El Sid Mine, in the Eagle Mountains range in the southeast area of the park.
The areas will be closed "at least for a month" until cultural artifact teams can inventory and record the areas, and while the park devises an enforcement and surveillance strategy, park Supt. David Smith said Monday.
"We had some looting at El Sid that started a...