Theodore Roosevelt National Park accessible during shutdown

Ray Weaver
January 23, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the visitor center at MLK National Historic Site in Atlanta are closed amid the federal government shutdown.

The National Park Service is just one of several departments affected by the federal government shutdown and until congress and the president can agree on a budget, services offered by the N.P.S. will be limited. Entrance stations will not be manned, although people will not be barred from entering. "We'll stay as accessible as possible, but if it snows we aren't authorized to plow the Park Loop Road or parking lots".

Guided snowmobiling trips with commercial operators will be allowed, but non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will not.

If conditions in the park become unsafe, roads and developed areas will be closed. Emergency services will not be available during the shutdown.

The public affairs office will be closed until the government reopens. Visitors will be able to access the park with limited or no visitor services.

"Closing off those areas is less practical than closing parks", said Albert Lin, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, in an article published by The Union Democrat on October 7, 2013.

Grooming of the Teton Park Road will continue through a partnership agreement with Grand Teton National Park Foundation. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are not available.

Ginnie Mae, a government corporation within the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said on Sunday it will continue to operate, but it will reduce staffing.

Big Bend National Park remained open to visitors Saturday, but the visitor center was closed.

Military Exchanges will be open; commissaries, except for those located overseas or in a few remote locations, will close. "Reservations will continue to be honored at concession venues and the parks will be administered with the objective of causing the least inconvenience and discomfort to park visitors".

In the first hours of the government shutdown Secretary Zinke was making plans for how to keep America's public parks open.

People can still use the park, but they will not get emergency help from park staff.

Devils Tower National Monument: Access is unavailable. A message on the library's website said its archives facilities were closed and that "activities are canceled, with some exceptions". Visitor access to trails remains open. Open roads will remain accessible and back country toilets will also remain open.

Bison hunting on the National Elk Refuge will continue as scheduled through January 31, 2018.

The visitor center is closed, along with some restrooms because there's nobody to clean them.

Access is not restricted on U.S. Forest Service land, but services will be unavailable.

Public Transit: YARTS will operate under a reduced schedule.

Licensed Battlefield Guides are available and giving battlefield tours.

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