Images shared by the National Park Service and the not-for-profit news agency National Parks Traveler show a crashed tree and illegal campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park, California.
There were about a dozen cases of heavy vehicular traffic outside of roads and in some cases into the wild. We've been destroying state property by cutting chains and locks so people can enter campgrounds, "Park Superintendent David Smith told National Parks Traveler.
" We've never seen this level of outer borders where camping was. Every evening was occupied every day. Joshua trees were actually felled to build new roads. "
Despite the sub-government After the park was closed, the park officials were able to keep most of the park in. On Tuesday, they announced that the park would be temporarily closed this week will, in order to clean up, be able to enforce safety and repair damage due to vandalism.
"During The vast majority of those who visit Joshua Tree National Park do so. Responsibly, there have been incidents in recent days where motorists have created new roads and destroyed Joshua trees that triggered the closure, "they said Officials on the park's website. "The police officers will continue to patrol the park n and enforce the closure until the park personnel have completed the necessary remedial and protective measures. "
The park issued another statement on Wednesday saying it would remain open and access to campsites restored. These were closed on 2 January due to health and safety concerns due to pit toilets near capacity.
"National Park Service officials have found that the park can maintain some visitor services by immediately using the state's funds and the recovery to bring park maintenance teams to clean up wastewater issues," the statement reads.
Park officials spanning 792,000 hectares from Palm Springs in the north to the city of Joshua Tree also said they intend to hire additional staff to protect the park's resources and repair some of the damage caused by the park Park suffered during the project has shut off.
It is not clear how long the park can run with the remedies. Recreation fees were used to prevent Thursday's closure.
CNN has come to the Joshua Tree National Park for further comments.