Joshua Tree National Park celebrates anniversary w/ free admission

JOSHUA TREE, Calif.

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.

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