Does it seem like Joshua Tree National Park is getting more and more crowded with tourists? Well, that’s because it is! According to the National Park Service, more than 2.9 million people visited Joshua Tree in 2017, which is 400,000 more than visited in 2016.
Those 2.9 million visitors spent more than $138 million in and around the park, according to a NPS report. That’s more than double the spending from just five years ago ($62.2 million).
Visitors to the park spent the most on lodging (37%), followed by food (25%), and gas (23%). The spending supported nearly 1,800 jobs according to the report.