Yosemite National Park Visitor Information During 2018 Government Shutdown

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Entrances to the parks will remain open and businesses within the parks may continue to operate under contingency plans now being finalized with the Park Service.

Gettysburg National Military Park will stay open in the middle of a government shutdown, but services may be different. Sleigh riders many park at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, two blocks north of the Home Ranch Center, and walk to a temporary sleigh ride ticket sales location.

The website also said the park will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, operate or provide restrooms, maintain roads and walkways or provide visitor information and services.

And at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, staff are at work beginning the shutdown process, said Susanne McDonald, the park's superintendent, but visitors may still attend the park during business hours.

At Guadalupe Mountains National Park, a voicemail recording notes that the visitor center will be "closed during the government shutdown".




The Forest Service's plan for a government shutdown, which was last updated in July, stated that "any operation requiring the presence of a Forest Service employee will be suspended", except for situations where the protection of public health and safety can't be accomplished by simply closing an area or facility and presence is required to protect "investment in assets".

Visitors in campgrounds will not be asked to leave, but no services will be available, including check-in/check-out services. He remembers the deluge of media articles about parks being closed, the local economic suffering, the angry tourists, the weddings that had to be relocated. "National and regional offices and support centers will be closed and secured, except where they are needed to support excepted personnel".

Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift said in a Thursday that those public places would "remain as accessible as possible" in the event of a shutdown. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, still apply.

The Interior Department, which oversees all national parks in D.C. and everywhere else, is promising that "National Parks and other public lands will remain as accessible as possible". Guided snowmobile trips with commercial operators will be allowed, however, non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will not be allowed during the shutdown. However, park grounds, roads, trails and parking areas are still open as the park gates will open and close at their normal times.

Meanwhile, the city of Angels Camp suffered because of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation closed all campgrounds, trails, day-use areas and boat launches at New Melones Reservoir that straddles Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. Visitors are encouraged to contact those individual businesses for the most current information on their scheduled tour. Pit-style bathrooms (typically in the back country) will remain open.

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