JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — Every year this time, summer temperatures rise and the number of campers decrease in the park.  

In order to reduce maintenance costs and allow vegetation a bit of a breather, Joshua Tree closes a number of camping areas.  

Here is a list of campgrounds that will close Monday, June 10.

•    Cottonwood Campground, (Loop B)

•    Belle Campground

•    Ryan Campground

•    White Tank Campground

•    Indian Cove Campground family sites (West Loop) Sites 40-101

•    Black Rock Campground, sites (49-60 & 69-99)

The last day to use Recreation.gov for campsite reservations will be June 8. The afternoon of June 9, all open, family campgrounds will be first-come, first-served.

Group sites will remain on the reservation system through the summer and into the foreseeable future; with one day in advance reservations accepted.

Jumbo Rocks and Hidden Valley campgrounds will be open all summer.

Campgrounds will reopen Aug. 30, and Jumbo Rocks, Indian Cove and Black Rock Campgrounds will be back on the reservation system through Recreation.gov.

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