More than 2 and a half million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in 2016, that’s half a million more than visited the park in 2015.
But all those additional people meant long lines to get into the park, full parking lots, and jam-packed campgrounds.
Superintendent David Smith says the park is being “loved to death.”
So Smith recommends visiting other parks that are not as busy, such as Mojave National Preserve.
Or visit early in the day, and in the middle of the week.
Joshua Tree National Park officials are working on a shuttle service from Morongo Valley, along with adding new entrance areas into the park, and setting up a reservation system for the campgrounds.
The cities around Joshua Tree National Park have seen a surge in business with the increase in park visitors.