National Parks to remain partially open during government shutdown

Park was closed for 16 days in October 2013-the last time the federal government partially shut down

Park was closed for 16 days in October 2013-the last time the federal government partially shut down

Sleigh ride attendees are advised to park at the Visitor Center and walk to the Welcome Center. This includes the postponement of any scheduled educational programs at the facility. Burnam and his family are traveling home to IL from Florida. The Chamber phone number is 307-733-3316. There are no NPS provided services and social media is not monitored.

The Refuge Road will remain open as a travel corridor and access road to private lands. Other tours and services may be available; check with providers of these tours for the latest information. Questions related to bison hunting can be directed to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department's Jackson Office at 420 N. Cache Street or (307) 733-2321.

"People can still go on the driving tour, but folks should know there won't be any restrooms, we're not collecting trash, anything like that", she said. Neither was the Board consulted on the Park Service's proposal to more than double park entry fees. Concessionaires operating on public land would likely be allowed to continue their business.

Both Yellowstone and Xanterra Parks & Resorts previously released contingency plans for what to do in case of a government shutdown Friday, January 19, 2018.

"The continuing resolution and pending government shutdown are in the hands of our elected officials, and we are hopeful there is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations", said Brandy Gill, a spokesperson for Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. Visitors will not be asked to leave campgrounds unless there is a life and safety risk.

Emergency response will generally not be available.

"Gates would be open and people could enter, but there would be virtually no staff on hand to protect them or the parks' resources". Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are not available.

Anyone found inside a national park that is closed could be charged with trespassing. Grooming is scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays depending on snow and weather conditions. Limited emergency response is available.

The partial government shutdown will not affect front-line staff in global and domestic aviation - air-traffic control, Customs & Border Protection and airport security in the United States - as these are classed as essential workers and therefore will continue to report for duty and be paid as normal.

But access to all parts of the park could change at any time. Entrance stations will be unstaffed.

At the Carbon River Entrance, visitors can still access the trails that start in that corner 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. Guided snowmobile trips with commercial operators are allowed but non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will not be allowed during the shutdown.

Although access is expected to continue, no services are expected at Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks. Transportation services between Mammoth and Old Faithful will operate as usual.

The Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park, including the Annex, will be closed during the shutdown.