Government Shutdown: What's Open, and What's Not

The mail will still run despite the government shutdown

Entrance stations will not be manned, although people will not be barred from entering.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts will continue operating facilities like the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and the Mammoth Hotel, which are now open for the winter season. Guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips with commercial operators will be allowed, however, non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will not be allowed during the shutdown. "The last time the government shut down, in 2013, the military remained on the job and legislation to pay service members during the shutdown was signed by President Obama".

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions, said the news release.

If the Republican-controlled Congress proves unable to fund the government by midnight Friday, visitors to USA parks, monuments and memorials could face bare-bones operations - open access without those welcoming uniformed professionals. Emergency response will be available, but limited with the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center available from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily (Teton County Dispatch will continue to answer emergency calls, as usual, outside those hours). The park is open to visitors, but they won't see park rangers around or be able to use basic services like restrooms.

Snow coaches - small buses with tank-like tracks and oversized tires - shuttled visitors from the edge of the park to the geyser field that includes Old Faithful and to other popular destinations within the parks remote interior.

Federal courts are expected to remain open, at least through February 9.

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In the case of the National Parks Service board, two of the sticking points were apparently the board's desire to ready our parks for climate change and to increase youth attendance. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own trash bags, as trash pick-up will also stop during the shutdown.

"Other areas such as culturally sensitive areas or backcountry areas that present a risk to visitors may also have restricted access", Swift wrote. According to the New York Times, "Since taking office in February, Mr. Trump's EPA chief has held back-to-back meetings, briefing sessions and speaking engagements nearly daily with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major economic sectors that he regulates-and nearly no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates".

Licensed Battlefield Guides are available and giving battlefield tours.

In 2013, when the federal government shut down over an impasse between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over the Affordable Care Act, images of campers canceling trips to closed national parks and veterans storming barricaded war memorials in wheelchairs filled newspapers and television screens, stoking anger among Democrats and Republicans as each side sought to blame the other. "We will not weaponize our public lands". Florida's Everglades will remain open to birders. Learn more: https://windriver.org. "We just got a memo about this yesterday".

Wyoming State Parks remain open and unaffected, with abundant recreation options at Boysen State Park near Riverton and Lander, Hot Spring State Park in Thermopolis, Buffalo Bill State Park in Cody, Glendo State Park near Laramie, Keyhole State Park in Moorcroft, Curt Gowdy State Park near Laramie and Bear River State Park in Evanston, with parks offering ice fishing (with valid fishing license), hiking, natural hot springs, fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and sledding. Zinke has completely ignored the first problem, and he responded to the second by proposing to dramatically increase park fees-a surefire way to drive the dwindling number of young visitors down even further.

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