Development of a Rock-based Recreation Management Plan: Climbing, Bouldering, Highlining, and Slacklining at Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is known for its vast expanse of desert landscape, charismatic Joshua trees, diverse desert ecosystems, extensive cultural history, and rugged rock formations. The park is a world-renowned destination for rock climbers and others who seek various rock-based recreation. Since the General Management Plan Amendment of 2000, also known as the Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan (2000 BMP), there have not been any substantial changes to climbing management in the park.
Since the 2000 BMP, overall visitation has more than doubled and rock-based recreation continues to grow in popularity. It is estimated the number of routes and bolts within the park has doubled as well, including a proliferation of bolts in wilderness. The park has been contemplating making management changes to climbing and other rock-based recreation based on issues that have been developing over the years. The park wants to maintain this visitor use while conserving park resources for future generations.
October 2019. Joshua Tree National Park hosted three community open house meetings to hear public input on the management of visitor use at the park.
April 2021. Joshua Tree National Park is inviting the public to participate in the development of the park's Climbing Management Plan.