With the current federal government shutdown, there are many questions about access to recreation resources inside the Park. Last time there was a government shutdown, the Park was closed continuously for over two weeks, with barricades at the entrances to prevent vehicle access. This time, the feds are handling things a bit differently. 

The situation is fluid with access and management each day the shutdown is in place, so if you’re planning to visit the Park, have a plan B ready at all times. Based on firsthand reports and conversations with the climbing ranger in JTNP, the Park will not barricade entrances initially, but will also not fully staff the Park until funding is in place to pay workers and contract services. Many services in the Park will likely not be deployed if the shutdown persists. 

We at FOJT support the community of Joshua Tree, and advocate for access to our public lands despite what is going on politically in D.C. – We encourage visitation to Joshua Tree, and advocate responsible recreation too; should you decide to visit the Park, be extra low-impact and attentive to developing news and updates. To minimize impact, utilize minimum impact/Leave No Trace principles. We here at FOJT will work to put the latest word out to our community via social media and our website as news is received. 


This is from the JTNP official site 

Because of the federal government shutdown, this website is not being updated and may not reflect current conditions. For your planning purposes, some parks in the National Park System may have areas that remain accessible to visitors; however access may change without notice, and some parks are closed completely. Some lodging, restaurants, and other services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities. Be aware that there will be no National Park Service-­provided visitor services, including restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance. For more information, see www.doi.gov/shutdown and the park website.