INDIO, Calif. (CNS) – Joshua Tree National Park reopened to the public on Sunday, although many of its campsites remain closed.
Roads, parking lots, trails, most restroom facilities, and family campsites can now be accessed by visitors, according to the park's website. While entrance stations will be staffed and open, fees will not be collected, park officials said.
The visitor center and group campsites, which accommodate a higher volume of people than the family campsites, will remain closed at this time.
Additionally, all programs and permits for special use activities through May 31 have been canceled.
Joshua Tree Park closed April 1 in response to the coronavirus pandemic and park officials said they will take a “phased approach'' in reopening the park.
In Los Angeles County many hiking trails and golf courses have reopened with restrictions. Hikers must maintain social distancing practices and wear face masks on all trails.