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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Joshua Tree National Park To Get Shuttles

Above, the South Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yosemite National Park has them. So does Grand Canyon National Park. Joshua Tree National Park will be getting them soon.

Above, a Yosemite National Park shuttle in Yosemite Village. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

What are they getting?

Shuttles! Joshua Tree National Park will be providing a shuttle service for visitors to get around the park.

The Press-Enterprise reported:
Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park will soon have another way to get around the iconic desert park — by shuttle. 
The pilot shuttle service program will be starting Friday, Feb. 2. 
It will offer rides to campgrounds and trailheads in the park from morning until late afternoon. Rides are free to anyone with a park pass. 
The shuttles aim to reduce congestion at Joshua Tree, which has seen annual visitors jump from 1.3 million to 2.8 million over the past seven years, said George Land, a ranger and spokesman for the National Park Service. 
“We’re hoping that certain segments of the population will leave their vehicles outside the border of the park and use the shuttle to go into the campgrounds and go in and out of different areas of the park, different day use areas,” he said. 
The shuttles will depart every two hours, with one leaving from the Joshua Tree visitor center and another from the Oasis visitor center in Twentynine Palms. There is also a shuttle from Palm Springs that connects to the two visitor centers. Another shuttle in the park will run every 30 minutes from Jumbo Rocks to Barker Dam.
Above, visitors exiting a Grand Canyon National Park shuttle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

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