10b4me is correct.
The closure has been extended through May.
See the press release below for details.
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
contact Dave Carney
phone 760 367-5570
Joshua Tree National Park News Release
Joshua Tree National Park Announces Extension to Closure of the vandalized Rattlesnake Canyon
Since January, individuals have defaced the day use and canyon area of Rattlesnake Canyon with graffiti. This damage resulted in a three week closure of the popular hiking and day use area. Because a more extensive cleanup program is required to remediate vandalism in Rattlesnake Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park is extending the closure for an additional 30 days.
This closure includes physical access, public entry and use to protect the canyon from continued damage. The current closure was scheduled to end today but was extended through May due to the sensitive nature of several areas. These locations require a more detailed analysis and cleanup to limit additional damage.
The cleanup project began on April 8 and has largely been completed. Volunteers from across the state worked with park staff to successfully clean spray paint from numerous locations in the canyon.
The closure includes the entire day use area of Rattlesnake Canyon from the day use closure gate to the top of the canyon. Following the 30 day extension, park staff will decide if additional extensions are needed before reopening the area.
Joshua Tree National Park reminds visitors that we appreciate your assistance in watching for and reporting acts of vandalism or suspicious activity to the nearest park personnel.
You NPS folks just roll out the LULZ, one after another. I've NEVER seen a more incomptent group. It would almost be comically entertaining if I didn't know our tax dollars were paying for this so-called "management".
ABsolutely no reason for to close it in the first place, like you can't clean grafitti off with someone walking by 50 yards away or eating at a picnic table 1/4 mi away.
Who made this closure decision? Name and official title, please.
I think it's about time we take this up the chain and engage the CoDel.