No! Not The Bees!

Swarming bees shut down popular camping spot in Joshua Tree

Friday just got a little weirder: The National Park Service just closed the popular Jumbo Rocks camping area in Joshua Tree NP for terrifying reasons—swarming bees. Officials have closed the spot until August 10, unless bee activity diminishes.

Why are the bees so active? Current super-dry conditions have sent the stinging buggers in pursuit of moisture from any source:

Swarming bees “negatively affect visitor enjoyment?” They do a lot more than that—as much as I love J-Tree, I’m not sure a visit is worth enduring this:


—Ted Alvarez

Campground at Joshua Tree closed due to swarming bees (National Parks Traveler)

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