All US National Parks reopened the evening of October 16. The Government has passed a bill to continue to fund departments, including the Department of the Interior. Rangers are being recalled to allow visitors to access public areas and roads immediately. Facilities and other public services are being brought back on-line. Staff has been on “ready-alert.” They knew they could be recalled at any time. many units are open 24/7/365 and people were seen entering them to secure empty walk-in campsites
Several states paid the US Govt. to cover salaries of workers to reopen. Grand Canyon and Great Smokey – the two most-attended parks, got money from their state or support groups. The two major “Y” parks did not open: Yosemite & Yellowstone. All that is now in the past as people will be welcome to enjoy the 401 national park units in crisp fall weather.
Major highways and roads leading into the parks are again open to vehicles. Park Visitor Centers and campgrounds will reopen and Ranger-led programs will resume on October 17.