2014 turned out to be a record setting year for Joshua Tree National Park with 1.6 million people visiting the park compared to 1.4 million in 2013.
Park officials say that’s good news for the local economy with the economic impact amounting to $10 for every $1 invested. An economic analysis in 2013 showed that an estimated $63 million dollars was spent in the community by visitors to Joshua Tree National Park. That benefits both the Morongo Basin and the Coachella Valley.
More than 180,000 tourists visited and camped at Joshua Tree National Park in December making it a record setting month by more than 50,000 visitors.