JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LOSING OVER $7,500 A DAY IN ENTRANCE FEES

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LOSING OVER $7,500 A DAY IN ENTRANCE FEES

JTNP closed

West Entrance gate of Joshua Tree National Park, in Joshua Tree

The government shutdown that has forced the closure of our Joshua Tree National Park—and 400 other national parks—hurts not only park employees and visitors, but the communities surrounding the parks. Businesses in our area that cater to Park visitors are reporting dismal sales as tourists leave. Joshua Tree National Park hosts 7,000 visitors on average each day in October. Visitors to the park will have until 3 p.m. Thursday to leave the park. Joshua Tree National Park will lose more than $7600 in just entrance fees each day of the shutdown. While 15 employees will remain on duty during the shutdown to provide security and emergency services, 92 Park employees have been furloughed and another 10 concessions employees are similarly affected.  Nationwide, the National Park Service stands to lose $450,000 per day in lost revenue from tours, activities, and camping. And communities across the country will lose about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending.

1 comment to JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LOSING OVER $7,500 A DAY IN ENTRANCE FEES

  • jeff d.

    I was just wondering….I wrote the paper last month stating that I was not against a dollar general on my end of Joshua tree…it would be so convenient for myself and my family. I live a block or two away. The response to that was those of you that live nearby and are on foot or live out sunburst in say copper mtn. mesa. They’ve been driving to 29 or yucca for years. it is a good location for the store to tell the truth. now the park is closed .tourism….gone. locals shopping only. those that did get paid. those not as well off folk that the lady who responded said should ride the bus on into yucca. I lived here for 44 years now… family does have a local business in the ghost town of 29….once upon a time it was the hub of the valley….not anymore. The big box stores picked yucca they are not going to build as close as Joshua tree. I went to the meeting last week at the community center where most people were against it. Vehemently against….so ..now that all the tourist are gone …park traffic gone…those stores in josh soon are going to feel it. Most of the folks in the downtown mile circle radius of j.t. cant afford some of the higher end stores to eat or shop…..thank god for sams and sams at least is smart enough to check on prices of fast moving things and has competitive prices in those things. In laymen terms ..bummer for j.t. business owners …thank god music fest is coming to help offset park closure. if this is going to happen every few months whenever the govt. argues to a halt……both sides have their points……we would be fired as other article said…..stuff for a dollar sounds good…specially if your checks have stopped. what is going to be the look of j.t. anyway? If there is a general plan adopted is it southwest look old west look? all dollar trees are for sale soon as built …like the one in yucca …2.7 million and its yours….just kidding. gal the responded to the article I wrote said the people who frequent those kind of stores don’t belong in j.t. they belong at walmart.If this is the consensus of the local business owners… then maybe we all do belong in walmart….hope park will again reopen soon…..explore section six some more until then……

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