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.READ MORE: Thursday Last Day To Claim $26 Million SuperLotto Ticket Sold In Norwalk
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.READ MORE: Ellen DeGeneres To End Talk Show
Officials in Washington made the decision to close the park following reports of overflowing toilets and trash throughout Joshua Tree.MORE NEWS: Chargers To Open Season Against Washington, Rams Hosting Bears On SNF
Visitors who previously made camping reservations at the park can request a refund at Recreation.gov.