Government shutdown closes some national parks, including Cabrillo
Government shutdown closes some national parks, including Cabrillo
National parks will be open during the government shutdown — but there's a catch
23 January, 2018, 01:47
Yosemite National Park's concessionaire was hopeful that hospitality services - including restaurants, lodges, stores, and an ice rink and free shuttle service in Yosemite Valley - would remain open if the federal government shuts down early Saturday.
Visitor centers, public toilets, and other facilities run by the National Park Service were closed.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the visitor center at MLK National Historic Site in Atlanta are closed amid the federal government shutdown. There are no NPS provided services and social media is not monitored.
Trump officials have been particularly focused on keeping the federal government's most visible operations, such as national parks, running during the budget impasse.
"The public lands are for the public", he said.
While the parking lot was closed, rangers were allowing visitors to park outside the park and hike in.
"The American public and especially our veterans who come to our nation's capital should find war memorials and open-air parks open to the public", she said.
National park employees will not be available for guidance or help and emergency and rescue services will also be limited. Both the EPA and the Parks Service show how the agencies themselves can influence the experience of a shutdown. The road between the North and Northeast Entrances will remain open. Visitor activities in Dubois and Lander include guided snowmobiling, the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center and Sinks Canyon State Park. Visitors with camping or cabin permits should make other plans and seek a refund after the reopening of the park.
Access to some Yosemite facilities could prove to be a problem in the event of snow, if park-operated snowplows are needed to clear roads. The park will attempt to maintain the road to Longmire, but access to Paradise will not be available, Swartout said. It will operate under its normal hours from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.
In an interview Monday, park superintendent Dan Wenk said that one of the concession operators that is authorized to conduct snowmobile tours through Yellowstone - and was allowed to continue doing so even as most park employees stopped work this weekend - violated park rules. If conditions become unsafe at any time, roads and/or developed areas in the park will be closed. However, many parks are in peak season and are a boon to local economies.
McClintock released a statement on Friday that said he had "received assurances from the Secretary of the Interior (Ryan Zinke)" that entrances to parks would remain open and businesses within parks would continue to operate.
Access to Yellowstone National Park's south entrance will continue, including staging and winter services that are now available at Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch.
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