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Joshua Tree National Park

Visitors to California’s Joshua Tree National Park will soon have another way to get around the iconic desert park — by shuttle.

The pilot shuttle service program will be starting Friday, Feb. 2, according to the Press-Telegram.

It will offer rides to campgrounds and trail heads in the park from morning until late afternoon. Rides are free to anyone with a park pass.

The shuttles aim to reduce congestion at Joshua Tree, which has seen annual visitors jump from 1.3 million to 2.8 million over the past seven years, said George Land, a ranger and spokesman for the National Park Service.

“We’re hoping that certain segments of the population will leave their vehicles outside the border of the park and use the shuttle to go into the campgrounds and go in and out of different areas of the park, different day use areas,” he said.

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