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Joshua Tree National Park celebrates anniversary w/ free admission

Vacationers set up their campsites around granite boulders in Joshua Tree National Park located in Southern California's Mojave Desert in this undated photo. (National Park Service)

August 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Joshua Tree National Park is doing away with admission fees Wednesday to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

The park is marking the occasion with some special events, including dinner in the desert, a Native American cultural performance and a night sky presentation.

Although admission is free, normal camping and user fees still apply.

President Franklin Roosevelt signed a proclamation making Joshua Tree National Monument part of the national park system on August 10, 1936. The area became a national park when the Desert Protection Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 31, 1994.

For a schedule of the day's special events, visit the park's official website at www.nps.gov/jotr.