Joshua Tree National Park to reopen campground for meteor shower

JOSHUA TREE – Joshua Tree National Park will reopen its Ryan Campground next weekend to open up more spots during the Perseid meteor shower, a park spokesman said today.

The 31-site campground, which is usually closed in summer when there are fewer visitors, will be open Aug. 10-12 during the annual meteor shower. The meteor shower is expected to peak on Aug. 11, park spokesman Joe Zarki said.

”In recent years, night sky activities have become popular at Joshua Tree and frequently draw large evening crowds to the park,” Zarki said. ”The temporary opening of Ryan Campground will allow the accommodation of more visitors who wish to stay the night.”

Park rangers will offer a program about viewing the Perseid shower on Aug. 11 at 8:30 p.m. at the Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms.

Zarki said meteors will appear to rain down from the direction of the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky. Perseus rises around 11 p.m.

The camping fee is $10 per night. For information, call (760) 367-5500 or go to

5 Responses to "Joshua Tree National Park to reopen campground for meteor shower"

  1. local   August 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Nice I suggest everyone go and bring good video cameras. There is a good chance UFO’s will be seen as well. We the public need to be aware of the truth!!!! A government for the people by the people!!!! Ppl wake up. Start looking up and video taping if u spot a UFO. The more ppl look up thethe chances they will see a phenominon is good. I did and it was 16 ft above me I ran onto my house to get camera it disapperared. What I saw was an Orange fireball. It’s been a month and I still cannot wrap my head around it. It was intellegent, that was obvious. No noise. It has forever changed my life!

  2. localer   August 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    They must have continued on looking for intelligent life

  3. @local   August 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Dalin, is that you?

  4. localest   August 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Did thwy probe you?*

  5. Roadkiill   August 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Does it seem strange to anyone else that you have to pay a $10 fee to use a public park? If it is a public park we already own it.


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