Shuttle Bus Service Coming To Joshua Tree National Park
Beginning February 1, visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in California will have a choice of driving into the park or hopping aboard the new shuttle bus service.
The park has partnered with Morongo Basin Transit Authority and will be offering shuttle service to designated stops in and around the park. Shuttles will leave every two hours from the Joshua Tree and Oasis Visitor Centers and will make stops at Jumbo Rocks Campground, Ryan Mountain parking lot, Hidden Valley day use area, Intersection Rocks, Barker Dam, and Upper Boy Scout Trail parking lot.
The shuttle is free during the pilot program, but visitors will need a valid park pass to ride it. Shuttle schedules will be posted at all visitor centers and shuttle stops. MBTA regulations allow for service animals on the shuttle, however all “pets” are required to be transported in crates.
There are accommodations for wheelchairs and up to two bicycles per bus. Occupancy will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
“This is a pilot program and if successful, we look to expand in coming years to more locations and increased frequency of stops," said Joshua Tree Superintendent David Smith. "We hope that the new shuttle will alleviate congestion in the more popular areas of the park. Ideally a camper at Jumbo Rocks can leave their vehicle and take the shuttle to specific locations both in and out of the park”.
Also, beginning February 7, campers will be able to reserve campsites at Jumbo Rocks campground as well as Cottonwood campground on the Recreation.gov reservation system. With 124 campsites at Jumbo Rocks and another 60 sites at Cottonwood, it is an increase of 184 additional campsites that can be reserved on-line.