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Old 03-21-20, 10:10 PM
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Bikes only at J-Tree.

Here is cut and paste from the National Park Service web site:

Joshua Tree National Park Entrances Closed to Vehicles. Joshua Tree National Park entrances are closed to cars until further notice to adhere to the latest health guidance. The park remains open to bicycle and hiker access. Please read our latest news release for more information.
This is good news if you want to ride there. The entrance fee is waived and you have the road to yourself, no cars.

More here https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm
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Old 03-22-20, 10:51 AM
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interesting. wish it were a little closer. for those of you that havenít ridden it, imho, the most spectacular parts are between hidden valley (close to the west entrance of park blvd) and jumbo rocks. iíd include the 10 mile rt sidebar to keys view in that assessment.

wasnít planning on it but may hafta sneak out of the county to investigate...
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With a lot of campgrounds being closed right now I'm sure there are some spectacular rides with no traffic in our State and National Park areas.
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Old 03-22-20, 09:02 PM
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West entrance to Keys view and back would be epic with no cars.
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Where's a good and safe place to park your car to go bike?
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Where's a good and safe place to park your car to go bike?
We've left a car at the vacant lot behind Coyote Corner for years to car pool into the park to rock climb with no incidents.

That will add a few miles and a few hundred feet to get to the park, but Quail springs road is narrow with few places you could get all the way off the pavement close to the entrance and the side roads are all narrow dirt. There's no parking room immediately outside the entrance kiosk. It might be worth driving up to check out a closer parking spot, but make sure you aren't encroaching on the locals.

The east entrance has plenty of places you could park close to the park entrance or at least within a 1/4 mile or so, has wider pullouts and is not nearly as populated.
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always prefer the west/park blvd entrance. did the east/north/whatever entrance in 29 palms from the visitor center a few years ago. it's a thankless and
pretty boring ascent until you finally hit jumbo rocks. a much longer payoff.

it's approx five (mostly uphill but not too steep) miles from the intersection of hwy 62/park blvd to the park boundary/west entrance station.
once in, it's about another 1.5 miles before things flatten out and start getting really scenic. i think you're better off parking in town and riding up.
some of the shoulders along park blvd are super soft.

if you have time and wanna extend your roadie ride after jtnp or do another ride, i recommend the pioneertown loop. it's a little over 20 scenic miles with some decent climbing on the west/north side of hwy 62
fairly close by the i-section of hwy 62/park blvd.
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As it turns out there has been a little bit of an issue with HUNDREDS of cars being parked outside the park. Many illegally. Now they have sigs and are enforcing the rules. I doubt you could predict where an open spot would be so I think just drive to the gate then make a u-turn and art in the first legal spot you see. I hear there are some signs now pointing to parking after residents complained about people larking in their yards and driveways stuff like that.

Hikers care more about being close but if you have a bike an extra four miles is not a big deal.

People are camping on the BLM land adjacent to the park because they can drive a car there and "tailgate camp". But you can still camp legally in the park so long as you are one mile from any road.
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Originally Posted by ChrisAlbertson View Post
As it turns out there has been a little bit of an issue with HUNDREDS of cars being parked outside the park. Many illegally. Now they have sigs and are enforcing the rules. I doubt you could predict where an open spot would be so I think just drive to the gate then make a u-turn and art in the first legal spot you see. I hear there are some signs now pointing to parking after residents complained about people larking in their yards and driveways stuff like that.

Hikers care more about being close but if you have a bike an extra four miles is not a big deal.

People are camping on the BLM land adjacent to the park because they can drive a car there and "tailgate camp". But you can still camp legally in the park so long as you are one mile from any road.
Keep in mind that it is illegal for a bike to go anywhere in the park that a car can't legally go. They enforce it vigorously so stick to the roads.
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