Limited access but National Parks say open during government shutdown

Federal government shutdown: What closes, what stays open if Congress can't make a deal?

I wish the National Park System and Service well and will always be dedicated to their success.

The National Park System Advisory Board is a bipartisan group meant to advise the government on affairs concerning U.S. National Parks and whose main initiatives include "emphasized scientific research and mitigation of climate change", "evolving a more diverse culture of park visitors", and "protecting the natural diversity of wildlife", according to the joint resignation letter.

Utah's National Parks are still open, even though Congress failed to pass a stopgap bill to keep the government running Friday night. Visitors will be able to access the park, though no visitor services will be available. They are popular with local businesses as well as the hundreds of millions of tourists who visit them annually - and turning visitors away is a potent way to highlight how the government shutdown is hurting real people. Non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will not be allowed during the shutdown.

Wyoming State Parks remain open and unaffected.

Fossil Butte National Monument: Facilities will be closed; visitor access to trails remains open.

Examples of areas being prioritized: The federal government is prioritizing access to the most accessible and most iconic areas of parks and public lands. The park's website said winter lectures, winter reading adventures, the battlefield book series and Jared Frederick's book signing were canceled. In the event of risky conditions, all park roads and developed areas will close. "If visitors see something that jeopardizes visitor safety or park resources, call Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3301". And the park services concedes that "services that require staffing and maintenance such as campgrounds, full service restrooms, and concessions that require some Park staff or assistance will not be operating". "We will not have the ability to issue permits for future campground use".

The public affairs office will be closed until the government reopens. Visitors are encouraged to contact those individual businesses for the most current information on their scheduled tour.

In New Mexico, parts of Bandelier National Monument's cliff dwellings and fragile archaeological sites were off-limits to protect them from damage, but the entrance road and some trails were open.

"We want our visitors to remember three important things", Soehn said.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home in Atlanta was closed, along with historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the visitor center at MLK National Historic Site, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

In western and northwest Wyoming, visitors can ski and snowboard at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee, Snow King and White Pine Ski Area.

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