Conrad Meadows, near Naches, Wash., is still accessible despite the current federal government shutdown.
Photo: Daniel Chappel
Yesterday, in case you didn’t know, was Yosemite’s birthday. She’s (and yes, I said she) turned 123 years young yesterday. For her birthday, our federal government has given her–and every other park like her–a vacation due to the current government shutdown. But where does this pertain to, exactly? Finding that out was a little bit of an Easter egg hunt–the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and National Parks Service (NPS) websites are currently down.
Here’s what I did find out:
Any public lands developed and ran by USFS, NPS, and the Bureau of Land Management are closed until Washington can get things sorted out. (Hopefully soon!) Yes, that includes any national monuments and museums. Developed includes any offices, bathroom facilities, campgrounds not operated by concessionaries, day-use areas, shooting ranges, off-road vehicle trails, USFS roads that lead to a paid facility, and basically anything you would have to directly pay a ranger to use.
Campgrounds operated by concessionaries (from the research I’ve done) will be open at the discretion of the concessionary. Your local news is a grea