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Sledding Safety and Resource Protection Reminder
For your safety and to protect resources there is no sledding permitted in the park at this time. The designated sledding area at Paradise remains closed. In Longmire, any off-trail activity could cause significant damage to the park's vegetation. Visitors are encouraged to find locations outside of the park for this activity.

The designated sledding area at Paradise is closed. To protect visitor safety and park resources there is currently no sledding permitted inside the park. Visitors are encouraged to find locations outside of the park for this activity.

Snowplay opportunities may be available on local Forest Service lands go.usa.gov/xEWFe

More information on the reopening of the Nisqually entrance to Longmire go.usa.gov/xEjKH
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Sledding Safety and Resource Protection Reminder
For your safety and to protect resources there is no sledding permitted in the park at this time. The designated sledding area at Paradise remains closed. In Longmire, any off-trail activity could cause significant damage to the parks vegetation. Visitors are encouraged to find locations outside of the park for this activity.
The designated sledding area at Paradise is closed. To protect visitor safety and park resources there is currently no sledding permitted inside the park. Visitors are encouraged to find locations outside of the park for this activity.
Snowplay opportunities may be available on local Forest Service lands https://go.usa.gov/xEWFe
More information on the reopening of the Nisqually entrance to Longmire go.usa.gov/xEjKH

1 day ago

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to all visitor vehicles, but may be temporarily closed at times if parking capacity is exceeded or weather events necessitate closure for visitor safety. Shuttle buses will not be running. The Zion Lodge is open and in full operation. Kolob Canyons remains closed.

There will be limited NPS-provided visitor services at Zion National Park through January 21, 2019, thanks to a donation from the State of Utah, Zion Forever Project, Washington County, and City of St. George. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center, restrooms along the Scenic Drive, and Loop B of Watchman Campground will remain open through that time.

Wilderness permits will not be issued during the shutdown. Activities normally requiring a permit, such as canyoneering, backpacking, and overnight climbing, are prohibited at this time.

Please be aware that the park staffing will be minimal and visitors need to be careful and take responsibility for their own safety. We also ask that visitors help park staff protect Zion’s resources by:
• Following park rules and notifying rangers of any visitors who are not.
• Utilizing open restrooms only and reporting any problems with those to the Visitor Center.
• Packing out trash when using trails and disposing of trash in proper receptacles at trailheads or parking areas.
• Staying on designated trails and being mindful of slippery conditions and cliff exposures.
• Park vehicles only in designated parking lots and roadside paved pullouts.
• Do not feed, touch or harass wildlife.

For more information, take the Zion Pledge at www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/zion-pledge.htm.
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During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to all visitor vehicles, but may be temporarily closed at times if parking capacity is exceeded or weather events necessitate closure for visitor safety. Shuttle buses will not be running. The Zion Lodge is open and in full operation. Kolob Canyons remains closed.
There will be limited NPS-provided visitor services at Zion National Park through January 21, 2019, thanks to a donation from the State of Utah, Zion Forever Project, Washington County, and City of St. George. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center, restrooms along the Scenic Drive, and Loop B of Watchman Campground will remain open through that time.
Wilderness permits will not be issued during the shutdown. Activities normally requiring a permit, such as canyoneering, backpacking, and overnight climbing, are prohibited at this time.
Please be aware that the park staffing will be minimal and visitors need to be careful and take responsibility for their own safety. We also ask that visitors help park staff protect Zion’s resources by:
• Following park rules and notifying rangers of any visitors who are not.
• Utilizing open restrooms only and reporting any problems with those to the Visitor Center.
• Packing out trash when using trails and disposing of trash in proper receptacles at trailheads or parking areas.
• Staying on designated trails and being mindful of slippery conditions and cliff exposures.
• Park vehicles only in designated parking lots and roadside paved pullouts.
• Do not feed, touch or harass wildlife.
For more information, take the Zion Pledge at https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/zion-pledge.htm.

 

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I was just in Zion on Monday. Was very grateful to see there is no trash around, bathrooms were open and clean and there were Rangers up by the tunnel. Had a chance to speak to a couple of store owners in Springdale.....business has been good for the most part. Many thanks to the staff at Zion who are working without a paycheck and to the many volunteers from the surrounding towns pitching in to take care of this magnificent Park....

It would be nice if the people visiting would make a donation since they don't have to pay for parking.

And people, please be respectful to our beloved national parks!

Park employees are heroes. Thank you so much. And, I love your park.

I'm so sorry you aren't being paid.

I hope it reopens very soon so you all can get back to work and get paychecks! I just hope irresponsible visitors aren't doing permanent damage to anything.

Close the parks. Why are they open?

Thank you so much for this update and for all you do Zion National Park, all National Park Rangers! Thank you to the state, city and county governments and all organizations who have donated and to every person who has been helping in their way! Is there an update as to park services after Jan 21?

Parks should not be open during the shutdown.

This is when Volunteers should step up Go Volunteers 👍👍👍

Interesting to see Hurricane City not making donations.

Thank you volunteers.

Ok rangers that are reading this - I have a question. I live locally, I don’t have to visit the park, but we love to go this time of year. Is it better to just stay away until things re-open or do we need to come shop at the store and frequent the local businesses? We can definitely pack out trash, but are we doing more harm than good by coming???

Are the narrows open? Weather permitting?

I'm sorry Benedict Donald is harming your park

Cindy Moore White

Amber Braud

Nicki Klein Bauer Dylan Bauer

They should be closed for the duration of the shutdown. It is more important to keep the parks intact than to allow access to them.

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2 days ago

UPDATE: These roads reopened on the morning of January 17.
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Yosemite is forecast to receive up to about five inches of rain and two to three feet of higher-elevation snow tonight through tomorrow (January 16–17).

As a result, all roads leading to Yosemite Valley will be closed before midnight tonight (January 16):

-Highway 140 and El Portal Road from Midpines to Yosemite Valley
-Wawona Road (Hwy 41) from Wawona to Yosemite Valley
-Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120 from the west) from Big Oak Flat Entrance to Foresta. (Access will be possible between Yosemite Valley and Foresta, conditions permitting.)

Note: Highway 140 between Midpines and El Portal will close at 7 pm.

These closures will last until further notice. Within Yosemite, road crews will evaluate roads on Thursday morning.

Be prepared for additional road closures and tire chain requirements. Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) to check road conditions inside Yosemite and 800/427-7623 for conditions outside Yosemite.

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area will be closed on Thursday.
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Thank you for the updates even when you are not being paid. <3 You are not unappreciated.

Stay safe

Does anyone know if there is snow in Yosemite valley? Looking at webcams, it doesn’t look like there is any.

Hoping 140 opens back up for the weekend

Let it snow, let snow, let it snow!

Thanks! I appreciate the warning!👍

👍

Thank you for the update(even when you aren't been paid)! Our kids from a school are due to go on the January 28th thru the February 1st

Stay strong! May God bless and keep you safe!

Can you tell me the band U2 are safe?

Not a great recipe😐

Yes, stay safe. Hope you are collecting fees at entrances now that some people are getting paid as well.

Can someone tell me how much snow ❄️ s in the Valley currently??? Appreciated

Can we still go to yomesite? We traveled from Texas to go...not sure if we want to make the drive if we can’t go

Yosemite National Park ... can you provide information on the road to hetch hetchy please, thank you #besafe

Siavash Ghadiri there goes my weekend plans

Casey Johnson keeping fingers crossed!!!!

Ron Bissinger Is this why you only work summers? 😂

Andrea Paige Lawrence

Ana Clara Silva 😭😭😭😭😭

Jennifer Barkley

Anthony Cameron

Danny Rodriguez

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2 days ago

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Death Valley National Park announced today that some recently closed areas of the park will once again be accessible to visitors in the coming days. Some visitor services, including campgrounds and the Stovepipe Wells Contact Station, will also reopen using revenue generated by recreation fees. Visitors should go to the park website at nps.gov/deva while planning their trip to get the latest information on accessibility and available services.

Areas that have been recently closed but that are or will be accessible to park visitors include:

• Dantes View, Artists Drive, Natural Bridge, Harmony Borax Works and Mustard Canyon, Salt Creek, Keane Wonder Mine, Mesquite Sand Dunes, and Historic Stovepipe Wells Roads.

Because of the distances and complexities involved and unknown nature of all issues, the opening of these sites may take a week or longer. Scotty’s Castle remains closed due to flood damage. Mosaic Canyon Road remains closed in association with water utility work for Stovepipe Wells Village. Upper and Lower Wildrose Roads are closed due to snow and ice.

National Park Service officials have determined that by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to immediately bring back park maintenance crews to clean restrooms, remove trash, and remove health and safety risks park staff will be able to restore accessibility to the park.

Through generous donations from the Death Valley Natural History Association, the Furnace Creek Visitor Center will remain open. Entrance fees and camping fees will not be collected and ranger programs will not be offered.

“We greatly appreciate the generous contributions of park partners who have provided support during the lapse in appropriations,” said park superintendent Reynolds. “Their efforts have contributed significantly to our ability to maintain access and limited services to Death Valley National Park.”

For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

www.nps.gov/deva

Death Valley National Park is the homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone and preserves natural and cultural resources, exceptional wilderness, scenery, and learning experiences within the nation’s largest conserved desert landscape and some of the most extreme climate and topographic conditions on the planet. About two-thirds of the park was originally designated as Death Valley National Monument in 1933. Today the park is enjoyed by about 1,300,000 people per year. The park is 3,400,000 acres – nearly as large as the state of Connecticut. Learn more at www.nps.gov/deva.

NPS Video: 2 hour time lapse of restroom being cleaned by rangers for opening.
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First picture: People are pigs! Last picture: Park Rangers are awesome!

You mean it's not fairies that clean the restrooms?! /s Dear god, people are horrible. Clean up after yourselves, FFS. Mad respect to the men and women who take care of our National Parks. You don't get paid enough. Even when you are getting paid.

Thank you Park Rangers for everything you do. You are so appreciated! :-)

But where are the mask and gloves at the very Least, or better yet - haz-mat suits???? These dedicated rangers should be protected!! Bodily fluids are very dangerous and this video scares me to death. My training as a first responder makes me hypervigilant, but this in NO Joke. Please use appropriate safety measures!!!😵 Be safe.

Thank you Park Rangers for all you do. Those that make a mess like this do not truly care for this amazing place. They think they are at Disneyland. We all have a responsibility for our parks and lands for all generations.

How hard is it to put your trash in your trunk and take it with you? People are dicks.

Thank you for doing this job. I cannot believe how people can treat our national treasures in this way. You are all angels!

It’s too bad that patrons of the park have to be so irresponsible as to leave such a mess . Standing in one of our nations parks is a privilege and should not be taken for granted .

Tremendous respect for our national park rangers and volunteers. Many thanks for being excellent stewards of our land and resources.

My respect , wish that people where more respectful and take their trash with them . 😡😡

trump's War on America and our public lands drags on...

Thank you Park Rangers and DVNP employees for doing what you guys do! Mad respect and love from the people 🙏

Won’t the use of recreation fees to keep the Park open during the Government shutdown affect funds available for future Park facility upgrades and maintenance? Similar to using savings for retirement before you retire!

How do you miss the toilet and poop on the wall behind it? 🤔Nevermind, I probably don’t want to know...

Thank you for providing such great services! We appreciate you all so much! Can't wait for this shut down to be over! We love our parks and our Rangers!

People are. 🐷 wonder what our houses look like. And thank you to all of our rangers.

Need better protection gear for this type of work....great job!

Thanks for everything you do both seen and unseen.

Really lots of respect for them!!

That is so amazing that they dedicated their time to clean the space up..👏🏼 cheers to them!!

You should have a safety line on while cleaning that bathroom! 😂😂 Just saying! 😀

You guys are freakin rockstars! Thanks for all you do!!! 👏🏼 👏🏼

Thank you for doing a gross, thankless job!

You deserve our eternal gratitude.

Miss my fellow Feds so much! Glad to see some of you returning. DVNP is incredible and deserves the protection a full staff provides. Hang in there, you are so important.

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5 days ago

For your safety and to protect resources there is no sledding permitted in the park at this time. The designated sledding area at Paradise remains closed. In Longmire, any off-trail activity could cause significant damage to the park's vegetation. Visitors are encouraged to find locations outside of the park for this activity.

More information on the reopening of the Nisqually entrance to Longmire on January 13, 2019 go.usa.gov/xEjKH
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For your safety and to protect resources there is no sledding permitted in the park at this time. The designated sledding area at Paradise remains closed. In Longmire, any off-trail activity could cause significant damage to the parks vegetation. Visitors are encouraged to find locations outside of the park for this activity.
More information on the reopening of the Nisqually entrance to Longmire on January 13, 2019 go.usa.gov/xEjKH

 

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So sorry that your staff and families are going through this. Thank you for all you do.

Praying for all the rangers who take care of our National heritage.

5 days ago

Mount Rainier National Park announces that the park will reopen its Nisqually Entrance near Ashford on Sunday, January 13. The road between the entrance and Longmire will be open to public vehicles, weather dependent, as typical during the winter. In addition, some basic visitor services will now be available, including restrooms at Longmire and Kautz Creek, and staff at the park entrance gate to provide safety information. These additional services are being made possible during the shutdown through the recently granted authority to use retained recreation fees in support of park operations.

The designated sledding area at Paradise is closed. To protect visitor safety and park resources there is currently no sledding permitted inside the park. Visitors are encouraged to find locations outside of the park for this activity.

go.usa.gov/xEjKH

Snowplay opportunities may be available on local Forest Service lands www.fs.usda.gov/activity/giffordpinchot/recreation/wintersports.
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Mount Rainier National Park announces that the park will reopen its Nisqually Entrance near Ashford on Sunday, January 13. The road between the entrance and Longmire will be open to public vehicles, weather dependent, as typical during the winter. In addition, some basic visitor services will now be available, including restrooms at Longmire and Kautz Creek, and staff at the park entrance gate to provide safety information. These additional services are being made possible during the shutdown through the recently granted authority to use retained recreation fees in support of park operations.
The designated sledding area at Paradise is closed. To protect visitor safety and park resources there is currently no sledding permitted inside the park. Visitors are encouraged to find locations outside of the park for this activity.
https://go.usa.gov/xEjKH
Snowplay opportunities may be available on local Forest Service lands https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/giffordpinchot/recreation/wintersports.

 

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Thinking of NPS folks who would love to get back to their parks... 💔

Hopefully people behave unlike at Joshua tree NP where they are cutting down trees and off roading new trails

Mirek Kohout

you bring it in, you take it out!!! Be responsible, show respect for the park so others can enjoy it also. Can't wait for things to be resolved in DC, the east webcam at Mt Rainier is off. I'm missing my morning view. 🗻

Go up to Glacier View...north of Ashford. Great sledding spots up there near the top of the ridge and only like a half mile outside the park boundary.

Open on Monday?

Yay!! That's good news!

Heading up there tomorrow to sled! Awesome!

Are there any volunteer cleanup activities planned?

I read in the Tribune yesterday that said they won’t be collecting fees at the gate, does this mean it’s free??

This is so short shortsighted and a waste of money. I am disappointed in the park management for doing this.

Jasen B Rider looks like they opened again!

Mary Mangold

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1 week ago

PARK UPDATE: The park road at Island in the Sky remains closed as we continue to clear the road and parking areas. We hope to reopen the road sometime on Sunday, January 13.

Sidewalks will be icy and slippery. Expect icy conditions on all trails. Traction devices are essential for all hikers. You can get these in Moab or at the visitor center. Check at visitor center for more information.

Thanks to donations from Canyonlands Natural History Association, Island in the Sky Visitor Center is open Fridays through Tuesdays 9 am to 4 pm. (Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays).

Emergency information may be shared on our Twitter or Facebook accounts, but we will not monitor the accounts or respond to questions. Call 911 for emergencies. www.nps.gov/cany (cw)
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Thanks for the updates

1 week ago

PARK UPDATE: The main park road at Arches remains closed as we continue to clear the road and parking areas. We expect to reopen the road by midday tomorrow, January 12.

Sidewalks will be icy and slippery. Expect icy conditions on all trails. Traction devices are essential for all hikers. You can get these in Moab or at the visitor center. Check at visitor center for more information.

Emergency information may be shared on our Twitter or Facebook accounts, but we will not monitor the accounts or respond to questions. Call 911 for emergencies. www.nps.gov/arch (cw)
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The road is OPEN! (10:50am)

Every year the government shuts down fir a time. Why not close the parks for this a give it a rest. If we all know and plan for this then the parks can have a little time off too.

Respect ✊

Doug Schulz

Courtney Washburn!!

Trevor Brown

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The designated sledding area at Paradise is closed. To protect visitor safety and park resources there is currently no sledding permitted inside the park. Visitors are encouraged to find sledding locations outside of the park: https://t.co/vbJ9k8rTJf

Observation Point (via the East Rim Trail from Weeping Rock) is closed due to a rockfall. The section of East Rim Trail that is closed is from the Weeping Rock Trailhead up to the junction with the Observation Point Trail. The closure is currently indefinite.

Yosemite National Park rangers, search-and-rescue personnel, and @CHPAirOps rescued two hikers in the North Dome area yesterday. The hikers were hoisted out by helicopter. The rescuers hiked out safely.

The flow on the North Fork of the Virgin River has exceeded 150 Cubic Feet per Second (CFS). The Narrows is closed to all access until the flow remains under 150 CFS for 24 hours. (It looks like it will be closed all daylight hours tomorrow, Jan. 18, at the minimum.)

Updated info on the partial gov. shutdown at Zion National Park through January 21, 2019.
Winter weather conditions are likely to exist on all roads and trails. Please check a weather forecast and read more info on our website to be better prepared.

Desert View Drive (AZ Hwy 64) is now open between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View. Snow, ice and slush may be present on roadways. Drive with care.

All roads in Yosemite will close before 11:59 pm on January 16 due to a storm. Exceptions are roads within (but not to) Yosemite Valley, between Yosemite Valley and Foresta, and between South Entrance and Wawona. Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) for updates.

A major storm will impact Yosemite Wednesday night through Thursday (Jan 16–17). Be prepared for road closures and tire chain requirements. Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area will be closed on Thursday. Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) to check road status.

#TrafficAlert Mariposa County SR-140 will be closed at 7 p.m. tonight (Wed. Jan. 16, 2019) due to incoming storm. The closure is from Bear Creek near Midpines to Foresta Rd west of Yosemite National Park for public safety in the Ferguson Fire burn scar. No ETO. Use alt route.

Plan ahead! Rainfall coming late afternoon and overnight to Hwy 140 is one of the most dangerous spots for mudslides and floods after the Ferguson Fire. Residents of #ElPortal, #Midpines and travelers to @YosemiteNPS be aware! @CHPMariposa @CaltransDist10 @CaltransHQ #IDSS #CAwx

Arizona Hwy 64, also called Desert View Drive, is closed between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View. All park roads are snow-covered, icy, and slushy. Drive with care.

455 AM (MST) - IMPORTANT! - Much warmer air is expected with our next frontal system, due late tonight through Tuesday night. As a result, snowfall forecasts have changed and snow levels have been raised, Please check your local forecasts. #azwx

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