Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Joshua Tree National Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Beginning May 17, 2020, Joshua Tree National Park has reopened access to:
“With the lower summertime visitation numbers in mind, we have worked closely with the health offices in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties to ensure that the type of recreation at Joshua Tree is in line with current health advisories.” – said park superintendent David Smith. “By opening the park in phases, we plan on being able to take measured steps that ensure the safety of our staff and visitors while providing increased access to our National Park. ”
To keep the park open, we will need your help to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
We have amazing videos and virtual experiences of Joshua Tree National Park, so for people who are still homeschooling or not traveling at this time check out our Virtual Experience webpage.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website www.nps.gov/jotr and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)