Government Shutdown: Joshua Tree Campgrounds Close
JOSHUA TREE CAMPGROUNDS CLOSED DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
(CNN) – The government shutdown has forced the closure of the campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park in southern California due to health and safety concerns.
The specific reason is pretty gross: Officials say vault toilets on the site are reaching capacity.
The closure takes effect January 2nd.
According to the National Park Service, Indian Cove and Black Rock campgrounds will be open for day-use only.
The National Park Service says the Joshua Tree will remain accessible, but visitors will be entering at their own risk, as the service can’t fully staff its properties.
Additionally, Lost Horse Mine Road and Rattlesnake Canyon are closed effective immediately.