Joshua Tree National Park to close because of damage, likely for shutdown’s duration
Ranger Rob Evans places temporary barriers off the side of the road near Joshua Tree National Park. The Park will close to all visitors because of damage to the park during the partial government shutdown.
JOSHUA TREE, CA DECEMBER 22, 2018 --- Krysta Pellegrino and daughter Mary, 9, were disappointed to find the shutdown had closed the visitors center at Joshua Tree National Park.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Triet Le, 36, of Torrance, climbs Intersection Rock inside Joshua Tree National Park.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Rangers close off the road to a campground at Joshua Tree National Park. All of its campgrounds were closed at noon Wednesday because the government shutdown prevented routine cleanup and maintenance.
Day hikers enjoy the scenery at Joshua Tree National Park.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
At Joshua Tree, Natalie Elsman of Iowa packs her car at Jumbo Rocks after getting word that campgrounds were closing.
Restrooms are closed at Joshua Tree during the government shutdown, but some outhouses were open.(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Cars head into Joshua Tree National Park in late December.
A family takes a picture in front of the entrance sign. The 1,235-square-mile park will close to all visitors because of damage to the park during the partial government shutdown.
Ranger Dylan Moe was one of a small crew on hand at the park for emergencies.
Visitors to Joshua Tree and many other national parks the found information center closed.