While there’s no word on when the park might reopen, Joshua Tree officials said they hope to restore visitor access “as quickly as possible” in order to mitigate any potential negative impact on the local economy.
Other National Parks across the country have tapped into funds earmarked for future projects in order to keep the sites open and operational during this time. The National Park Service announced the plan Sunday.
“The NPS currently has funds derived from entrance, camping, parking and other fees collected from park visitors that would typically be used for future projects at parks,” National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said of the “extraordinary step” in a statement posted to the National Park Services website.
“After consultation with the Office of the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior, it has been determined that these funds can and should be used to provide immediate assistance and services to highly visited parks during the lapse in appropriations.”
Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.