National Parks close due to government shutdown

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National Parks close due to government shutdown
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22 January, 2018

Shenandoah National Park said the government shutdown will impact its staff, but Skyline Drive and the national park will remain open during the shutdown.

"The great thing about national parks is that when visitors come, they have a certain expectation of the experience", Jarvis said.

Cache St., will temporarily operate as a regional visitor's center. "All of our visitor centers will remain closed during the shutdown period". This includes the postponement of any scheduled educational programs at the facility. The Chamber phone number is 307-733-3316.

The National Elk Refuge's web site at fws.gov/refuge/National_Elk_Refuge will not be updated in the interim and may be temporarily taken off-line.

Spokesmen for the Alibates Flint Quarries and Lake Meredith National Recreation Area said they remain open during the weekend and are still awaiting guidance to know if they will be open on Monday.

Signs were put up that read "Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN, All National Parks Are CLOSED". Please be reminded that due to environmental, public safety, or other unknown factors, visitor services may be diminished or additional areas may be closed.

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In a Facebook post, park officials advise visitors to use extreme safety.

Wyoming State Parks remain open and unaffected. Access to all residences will be maintained. Entrance stations are not staffed. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are not available.

Yosemite Hospitality, a subsidiary of the concessionaire, Aramark, was working on an agreement with Park Service staff Friday evening. Emergency 911 calls outside those hours will be directed to Teton County Dispatch as usual. 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. Visitors at the park were ordered to leave by 3 p.m. October 3.

Restrooms and Trash Removal: Park-provided services will be limited.

In Florida, the western entrance to Everglades National Park was closed but boat tours were still operating, the Naples Daily News reported. Visitors can access the road from Gardiner to the Northeast Entrance and all the commercial services along that route. Visitors with camping or cabin permits should make other plans and seek a refund after the reopening of the park. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, still apply. Guided snowmobile trips with commercial operators are allowed but 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.

Gaetana Dimauro of Adelaide, Australia, wasn't aware of the government shutdown when she went to see the Liberty Bell.


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