Visit National Parks Virtually During the Government Shutdown

Park’s closed, park’s closed. Moose out front should’ve told ya.

National Parks Affected During Government Shutdown

The United States Government shutdown at midnight and national parks are officially closed.

Well, they’re actually open. But park rangers can’t go to work, so activities and services are extremely limited. Most importantly, they can’t provide assistance in case of an emergency. Essentially, visiting national parks is currently not the best idea.

So what exactly does this mean? In a nutshell, the two parties could not agree on a spending bill by the deadline. Currently, parties are fighting over DACA, an Obama program that aids undocumented immigrants, and funding for Trump’s border wall. They have actually been putting this off for some time, but have extended the deadline in previous months. Until an agreement can be reached, non-essential government employees are not reporting to work and many government offices will be closed. No one knows how long this will last. The last government shutdown occurred in 2013 and lasted seventeen days. Ideally, this one will not last quite as long.

Hopefully, the spending bill will be sorted soon, but in the meantime, how about a virtual visit? Below, you will find my favorite photos from the 192 national parks I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Consider this your inspiration to pack up and head out there when park rangers are back at work. Go Find Your Park!

Wind Cave

Wind Cave

Lincoln Birthplace

Lincoln Birthplace

Acadia

Acadia

Paterson Great Falls

Paterson Great Falls

City of Rocks

City of Rocks

Evergaldes

Evergaldes

Yellowstones Old Faithful

Yellowstones Old Faithful

Dry Tortugas

Dry Tortugas

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Shenandoah

Shenandoah

Gates of the Arctic

Gates of the Arctic

Voyageurs

Voyageurs

Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon

Brown vs Board of Education

Brown vs Board of Education

Glacier

Glacier

Hiking in Blue Ridge Parkway

Hiking in Blue Ridge Parkway

Sunset in Great Smoky Mountains

Sunset in Great Smoky Mountains

MLK Memorial

MLK Memorial

Yellowstones Grand Prismatic

Yellowstones Grand Prismatic

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry

Pecos

Pecos

First Ladies National Historic Site

First Ladies National Historic Site

Steamtown

Steamtown

Flight 93 Memorial

Flight 93 Memorial

Arches

Arches

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Petroglyph

Petroglyph

Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains

Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

St. Croix

St. Croix

Lake Mead

Lake Mead

Bighorn Canyon

Bighorn Canyon

Walnut Canyon

Walnut Canyon

Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap

Zion

Zion

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Delaware Water Gap

Delaware Water Gap

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Golden Gate

Golden Gate

Black Bear in Shenandoah

Black Bear in Shenandoah

Canyonlands

Canyonlands

Arlington House

Arlington House

Yosemite

Yosemite

Gettysburg

Gettysburg

Antietam

Antietam

Wrangell St. Elias

Wrangell St. Elias

Kenai Fjords

Kenai Fjords

Biscayne

Biscayne

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen

Great Sand Dunes

Great Sand Dunes

Wilsons Creek

Wilsons Creek

Eisenhowers Home

Eisenhowers Home

El Morro

El Morro

Canaveral National Seashore

Canaveral National Seashore

Acadia Sunrise

Acadia Sunrise

Death Valley

Death Valley

Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest

Haleakala’s Rare Silversword

Haleakala’s Rare Silversword

FDR Memorial

FDR Memorial

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

Mount Rainier Welcome Sign

Mount Rainier Welcome Sign

View from Effigy Mounds

View from Effigy Mounds

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Knife River Indian Villages

Knife River Indian Villages

Federal Hall

Federal Hall

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Redwoods

Redwoods

Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry

Sequoia

Sequoia

Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes

El Malpais

El Malpais

Fort Scott

Fort Scott

Haleakala

Haleakala

Grand Teton

Grand Teton

San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Missions

Stonewall

Stonewall

Cades Cove

Cades Cove

Valley Forge

Valley Forge

Fort Larned

Fort Larned

Assateague Island

Assateague Island

President’s Park

President’s Park

Denali

Denali

First State National Historical Park

First State National Historical Park

Jewel Cave

Jewel Cave

Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain

Statue of Libery

Statue of Libery

Tuskegee Institute

Tuskegee Institute

Congaree

Congaree

Ulysses S Grant

Ulysses S Grant

Devils Tower

Devils Tower

Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Obed

Obed

Cuyagoha Valley

Cuyagoha Valley

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Harry Truman

Harry Truman

National Mall

National Mall

Grand Staircase-Escalante

Grand Staircase-Escalante

Edison National Historical Park

Edison National Historical Park

Hawaii Volcanoes

Hawaii Volcanoes

Nicodemus

Nicodemus

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

Minidoka

Minidoka

Agate Fossil Beds

Agate Fossil Beds

Pipestone

Pipestone

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

Badlands

Badlands

Assateague Island Horses

Assateague Island Horses

Scotts Bluff

Scotts Bluff

George Rogers Clark

George Rogers Clark

Redwood Trees

Redwood Trees

Golden Spike

Golden Spike

Chickamuga and Chattanooga

Chickamuga and Chattanooga

Hugging Trees in Congaree

Hugging Trees in Congaree

Bandelier

Bandelier

Tallgrass Prairie

Tallgrass Prairie

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island

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