National Parks Open Despite Shutdown
Written by Andrew-Rossi on December 26, 2018
In Wyoming, the federal government shutdown interrupts national parks, national recreation areas and natural historic sites, particularly when it comes to access, services, emergency personnel and ranger-led tours.
But the Wyoming Office of Tourism reports that Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park remain open. However, entrance stations will not be staffed.
Yellowstone officials say that the concessioners are currently providing the funding for road grooming, so oversnow access to the interior of the Park is still possible; and guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips are still allowed. Park staff will provide emergency services and law enforcement, as well.
Park roads, lookouts, and trails at Bighorn Canyon will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. There will be no Park Service-provided visitor services at Bighorn Canyon, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, facilities, programming, and roads maintenance – including plowing. However, visitors in the campgrounds will not be asked to leave unless safety concerns require such action.
And officials with the Bureau of Land Management also say that their offices will be closed, and no BLM-provided services will be provided. Some areas are accessible, although access may change without notice.