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New 12-Mile Trail Set To Open In Joshua Tree This Spring

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An old truck is parked near Joshua trees in Rimrock, north of the Joshua Tree National Park in California on February 28, 2019. (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
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A new hiking trail in the Coachella Valley will stretch 12 miles through Joshua Tree, ending in Yucca Valley on the north side of the national park.

The Long Canyon Trail will start just outside the town of Desert Hot Springs.

Erin Rode, a reporter for the Desert Sun who has been following the region’s plans for the trail, said that Desert Hot Springs officials hope the area will attract tourists from Joshua Tree and Sand to Snow National Monument.

“They're really hoping to use [the trail] to position themselves as another gateway to Joshua Tree National Park,” said Rode, “and a destination for outdoor recreation and outdoor tourism in the desert.”

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The Long Canyon Trail’s southern trailhead is scheduled to open in the spring.