Joshua Tree National Park will temporarily close this week to address damage and sanitation problems that have occurred during the said the closure, set for 8 a.m. Thursday, follows incidents of off-roading and destruction of the park's namesake Joshua trees.. The National Park Service (NPS)
Officials said they plan to restore access and limited basic services "in the coming days" but gave no firm time frame.
The service said officials are identifying resources needed to address "maintenance and sanitation issues" and said it will use funds from park fees to address the problems.
The NPSit was taking the "extraordinary step" of using visitors' fees to keep some parks open and fund cleanup efforts as the shutdown drags on. had been building up at parks around the country that were unstaffed due to the lapse in funding.
Joshua Tree National Park sprawls over hundreds of thousands of acres of the Mojave and Colorado deserts east of Los Angeles. Visitors who previously made reservations at the park can request a refund at recreation.gov.