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Johnson Valley Shared Use Area closure schedule update

Recently, the Marine Corps announced updates on closures of the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. The closure period previously scheduled for October 18 through November 1, 2022 has been cancelled and new dates for 2023 have been established and added to the closure schedule.

In effort to disseminate this information as widely as possible we are requesting that you share this information with your distribution lists or groups that may benefit from this information. I have attached a flyer with closure information and schedule, an information sheet on alternative areas to off-road, and information on our new text alert program. Please feel free to share these with any distribution lists or on social media and to reach out if you have any questions.

Closure updates below:

The Marine Corps will not conduct training activities in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area during the previously scheduled period of October 18 through November 1, 2022. To support maximum public use of the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area, the Marine Corps has elected to not temporarily close the area, keeping it open for public use during this time.

New closure dates for 2023 have been established and are listed below.

The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will temporarily close to the public for the following periods in 2022 and 2023:

  • April 26 - May 9, 2022
  • February 17 - 27, 2023
  • August 25 - September 4, 2023

Closure periods include the time required to ensure the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area is clear of recreation activity prior to training and to confirm the land is clear of hazards prior to reopening the land for public access. The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area is unaffected by closures to the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area and remains open to the public for recreation and off-roading. Recreationists are also encouraged to explore other nearby off-roading areas including Stoddard Valley OHV Area and Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area when the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area is closed.

For additional information and updates, including a map of the area depicting Combat Center and Shared Use Area boundaries, please visit: http://www.29palms.marines.mil/johnsonvalley/.

Questions or inquiries may be directed to the Resource Management Group by emailing the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at: SMBPLMSJOHNSONVALLEY@usmc.mil.

Respectfully,

The Resource Management Group

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