If the federal government does indeed shut down on October 1st, travelers heading to national parks will be affected by park closures.
According to information posted on the Department of Interior website, these are the “services and programs that will be ceased:
- All national parks will be closed and secured.
- Visitor centers and other facilities will be closed.
- Education programs and special events will be canceled.
- Permits for special events will be rescinded.
- Guests staying in hotels and campgrounds will be notified of the closure and given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park.”
In Arizona, this means that guests staying at hotels inside the Grand Canyon National Park will be asked to leave within 48 hours. Campgrounds at the Grand Canyon, Navajo National Monument, Organ Pipe National Monument, Canyon De Chelly National Monument and Lake Mead National Recreation Area will be closed. Backcountry camping on lands in the Petrified Forest National Park, Navajo and the Grand Canyon will also be halted, with rangers notifying visitors. School and educational programs and special events will also be curtailed.
Of course these closures will be moot if Congress acts to keep the government operating.