Glacier and Yellowstone national parks announce plans for partial government shutdown

Posted at 2:57 PM, Dec 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-22 17:02:07-05

Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park officials have announced the plans for their services during the partial federal government shutdown.

Glacier National Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley said roads and trails in Glacier National Park will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

There also will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Glacier National Park, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance.

Vault toilets may still be available though not maintained. Plowing will be limited to areas that serve residential areas.

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

Yellowstone National Park has implemented a plan of operation during the government shutdown.

The Office of Public Affairs released updated information Saturday morning on their response to a lapse in federal appropriations.

Yellowstone will remain open, however, all government-run operations and facilities are closed. Entrance stations will not be staffed.

The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs to the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City, Montana, is open to wheeled vehicle travel. Visitors can access all the commercial services along this route (including commercial services in Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower).

Visitors can also access commercial services in the interior of the park via oversnow travel (e.g. at Old Faithful). Concessioners are currently providing funding for road grooming so that oversnow access to the interior is possible.

Guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips with commercial operators will be allowed. Non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will also be allowed.

If conditions become unsafe at any time, roads and/or developed areas in the park may be closed.

Park staff will provide emergency services and law enforcement. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, are in effect as normal.

The park website and social media sites will not be maintained.

All administrative offices, including the public affairs office, will be closed until the government reopens.

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