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Joshua Tree National Park Still Struggling With Storm Cleanup


Crews at Joshua Tree National Park in California are continuing to clean up flood debris from a storm early this month, but there's no timetable for when roads and trails closed by the mess will reopen to the public.

Park officials say current closures include the section from the north entrance, nearest the Oasis Visitor Center to the turn-off to Cottonwood; Jumbo Rocks Campground; Cottonwood Oasis, including Cottonwood Springs Trail, Mastodon Trail, and Lost Palms Oasis.

Information on alternative hiking locations in the Cottonwood area is available on a handout at Cottonwood Visitor Center. Cottonwood Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m.

Park officials are urging visitors to use extreme caution in flood-prone areas, not to enter washes with running water on foot or in a vehicle, and to be observant of National Weather Service alerts.

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