Planning A Park Visit During Shutdown
From Yellowstone and Yosemite to Grand Canyon and Gettysburg, a shutdown will play out differently at different parks. Each site is unique – park access and the level to which partners can help (like concessionaires and philanthropic partners) vary greatly so the best thing you can do is prepare. If you are still planning a visit, we recommend you do the following as soon as possible.
In the event of a shutdown, some visitor centers will be open while others will be closed. Call to find out what will be accessible and inquire about any necessary safety measures. Do some online research as well. Gateway communities (e.g. local chambers of commerce or travel and tourism boards) and park concessionaires may also have some information on their sites and social media channels about what you can expect.
If you plan to stay at a campground, hotel, or lodge, contact them directly about your reservation status and options should the government be shut down during your visit.