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Despite problems during shutdown, Joshua Tree NP sets attendance record in 2019

Joshua Tree National Park, already gaining popularity faster than any other California national park, set an attendance record in 2019, an early tally shows.

Preliminary park statistics shows Joshua Tree logged almost 3 million recreational visitors for the year — and that was a year that included vandalism, trash and toilet troubles during a partial federal government shutdown that began before Christmas 2018 and ended 35 days later.

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