Arizona pays to keep Grand Canyon open, Utah pays to keep three parks open, you can still XC ski in Acadia
Well folks, the children masquerading as adults in Washington have done it again. The federal government is shut down, and that includes the Department of the Interior, which the National Park Service belongs to. Here’s the official tweet from the National Park Service:
“During the federal government shutdown, we will not monitor or update social media. Some NPS areas are accessible, however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services. For more information, visit the park’s website at nps.gov/findapark”
What does this mean for individual national parks?
It seems nearly all national parks will technically remain open but with limited services (no visitor centers, bathrooms, trash collection, etc.). Some states, however, are stepping in and paying to keep their parks open. Here’s a quick rundown of the parks I follow:
Grand Canyon National Park
During a government shutdown a few years back, Arizona signed a bill to fund Grand Canyon during future shutdowns. And that’s exactly what’s happening now. The state will provide $64,000 a week to fund ranger services, bathrooms, and trash collection. All trails, lodges, and restaurants are open.
Read more in AZCentral
Yosemite National Park
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is technically open, but there are no ranger services, trash collection or plowing, and all bathrooms are closed. Visitors can still cross-country ski on the carriage roads, but there is no grooming.
Read more in the MDI Islander
Joshua Tree National Park
Zion, Bryce & Arches National Parks
Like Arizona, Utah is paying to keep its three most popular parks open. Governer Gary Herbert has pledged $80,000 to keep Zion, Bryce and Arches funded through 2018. The funding will cover basic services (presumably bathrooms, trash collection, etc.).
Read more in the Salt Lake Tribune