Park’s closed, park’s closed. Moose out front should’ve told ya.
National Parks Affected During Government Shutdown
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!