National Parks will remain open with limited access during government shutdown


While some outdoor areas at national parks will remain accessible to visitors during the government shutdown, and some visitor centers operated by private entities remain open, National Park employees are furloughed and some buildings are closed.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, announced that Yosemite would be open regardless of the looming shutdown, reported The Sacramento Bee. The park's independently operated businesses, however, remained open, including the Majestic Yosemite Hotel - formerly the Ahwahnee - and the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, as well as the valley's various restaurants, gift shops and stores.

The visitors center is closed, along with some restrooms because there's nobody to clean them.

Shaheryar Javed hoped to bring his family to Muir Woods on Sunday. "But now we can't see it because of some stupid bill".

Ranger-led snowshoe hikes will not be available.

Elsewhere, Yellowstone National Park remained opened, but across the country in NY, the nation's most famous monuments to immigration - the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - were closed.

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Access to Mount Rainier National Park will be free during the government shutdown, but the experience will be different than usual inside the park, said acting superintendent Tracy Swartout. But by mid-day Saturday, the pattern was spotty. We'll be adding to the list; if you know of something we've left off, and we'll research it.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Zinke said he wanted to preserve access even if there was reduced staffing for a period of time. "The only way to fix this situation is for Congress to come together, do its job and fund the federal government - including our national parks and all who work in them". "We are not going to weaponize it", Mulvaney said at a White House briefing Friday morning.

The last shutdown, in October 2013, lasted more than two weeks and more than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed. In a letter from Tony Knowles, Chair of the Advisory Board, to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the former Alaska governor wrote, "For the previous year we have stood by waiting for the chance to meet and continue the partnership between the NPSAB and the DOI as prescribed by law". Most of Yellowstone is in Wyoming but three of the five entrances are in Montana. Backcountry and park accessibility remains open.

Yellowstone had 2 inches of fresh snow on Saturday and temperatures in the teens.

Most National Parks in the Outer Banks will remain accessible to visitors during the government shutdown. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, still apply.

Ginger Lee, visiting the park from Palm Beach County, Florida with her husband and daughter, anxious before coming that Yellowstone might be closed.

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The closure and partial closure of national parks due to the government shutdown ignited bipartisan anger from governors in some of these states.

In New York, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were completely closed. "I never heard of that before".

A WWII veteran at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will remain open to the public.

On Saturday, Zinke tweeted several photos with National Park Services employees on the National Mall in Washington. Right now less than 5 miles of the 27-mile Park Loop Road are open because of snow and ice. Visitors will be able to access the park, though no visitor services will be available.

City officials reiterated Friday a potential shutdown would have no effect on city trash collection, traffic monitoring, first responders and public safety activities.

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The federal government will stop paying staff for duties that are classed as "non-essential", which affects many but not all tourist facilities in the country.