Overflowing toilets force closure at Joshua Tree Park
Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 4:43 PM - Campgrounds at Southern California's Joshua Tree National park have been closed due to health and safety concerns.
Toilets are overflowing or at capacity in the area due to the government shutdown.
The closure went into effect Wednesday.
According to the National Park Service, the Joshua Tree will remain accessible but visitors will have to enter at their own risk as the area isn't fully staffed.
"The park is being forced to take this action for health and safety concerns as vault toilets reach capacity," the park service said in a statement.
"In addition to human waste in public areas, driving off-road and other infractions that damage the resource are becoming a problem."
Signs posted around the park say the closure is due to a "lapse in federal appropriations."
Handwritten signs have also been posted asking visitors not to litter, as there are currently no trash services.