TWENTYNINE PALMS (CBSLA) – Joshua Tree National Park will close this week due to damage from the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government, officials said Tuesday.

The approximately 790,000-acre park outside Twentynine Palms, Calif. will be closed to all visitors starting at 8 a.m. Thursday.

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The temporary closure is expected to “allow park staff to address sanitation, safety, and resource protection issues in the park that have arisen during the lapse in appropriations”, according to a statement.

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Officials in Washington made the decision to close the park following reports of overflowing toilets and trash throughout Joshua Tree.

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Visitors who previously made camping reservations at the park can request a refund at