What’s the status of National Park System during partial government shutdown?

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December 22, 2018 – The National Parks Traveler, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media organization dedicated to covering national parks and protected areas on a daily basis, issued a press release today listing how various National Parks are being affected by the partial government shutdown.

Visitors to the National Park System were told not to expect many visitor services during the government shutdown. In some limited cases, however, nonprofit organizations and states stepped up to provide a range of services for visitors.

Most Park Service-operated campgrounds across the country were open Saturday, though there was no fee collection, trash collection, or cleaning of restrooms being done. Campers could remain in the campgrounds.

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites were not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions

Read the list of National Parks affected here.


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Sure would be nice to post something on the web or at least put up a sign way back when you leave the highway that the park is closed. My 2grandchildren came out to AZ just to sightsee, drove over to chirichuas to find a gate locked.Can’t imagine why. It’s a road to no ware and back again. Wasted 300 mile if gas for nothing. Drive down to Joshsa tree national monument and drove right thru,no problems except no pottys. That road connects 10 and 29 Palms so they couldn’t shut it down.So very disappointed in our government that they… Read more »

Billy Bob Thorton
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Billy Bob Thorton

Sounds like the folks managing Chirichuas were in punishment mode. Call the agency in charge ( BLM, Interior, etc. ) and tell them to open the gate, it’s OUR land not some nasty civil servant wanting to punish taxpayers.

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Billy Bob Thorton

It would be interesting to see signs up saying. Please pack out what you pack in. Wouldnt it be awesome to see NPS users, adjust and take interest in THEIR parks. Chip in and keep it nice. That would really open some eyes of people who think all this gov’t is required.

Maybe this is a good thing!

Steven W. Browning, Sr.
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Steven W. Browning, Sr.

Sounds like the government workers look forward to this type of upset. And our representatives don’t seem to be too concerned about maintaining the government.