How government shutdown affects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

How government shutdown affects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

How government shutdown affects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

During the lapse in federal appropriations, Yosemite National Park will remain accessible to visitors however services will be reduced as we are unable to fully staff our operations.

Entrance stations will not be staffed. Kari Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, said the center is affiliated with the National Park Service but is owned and operated by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts and other private companies that serve visitors at Yellowstone said they'd cover the cost of grooming the park's snow-packed roads for at least a week to keep them open. Non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will not be allowed during the shutdown.

Park roads that are normally open during the winter will remain open if they are essential for emergency response involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.

Yosemite Hospitality, a subsidiary of the concessionaire, Aramark, was working on an agreement with Park Service staff Friday evening.

But each preserve will have to figure out which facilities can stay open safely without staffing.

Visitors will have to look elsewhere for information about weather and backcountry avalanche risk inside the park. Visitors at the park were ordered to leave by 3 p.m. October 3.

Mulvaney said that the parks would remain open, but "things like trash won't get picked up".

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The Republican-led White House, Senate and House of Representatives have been at an impasse with Democrats in the House and Senate over funding agreements that would keep the federal government operating while they fight over immigration regulations.

Cox of AFGE said a near shutdown in 2014 and repeated congressional brinkmanship over debt limits during the Obama administration may be leading people to assume that the government will stay open next week.

Outside the park, both Yellowstone's NPS website and social media have been suspended. Sleigh riders many park at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, two blocks north of the Home Ranch Center, and walk to a temporary sleigh ride ticket sales location.

Devils Tower National Monument: Access is unavailable.

Many trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities remain open.

Locally the Saratoga Battlefield national park is closed, Martin Van Buren historic site in Kinderhook and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sites are also closed in Hyde Park, N.Y. "If visitors see something that jeopardizes visitor safety or park resources, call Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3301". Interior says it "will still allow limited access wherever possible".

The public affairs office will be closed until the government reopens. "We will not have the ability to issue permits for future campground use". Visitors are encouraged to check the roads hotline (209/372-0200, press 1 then 1) for current conditions.

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