If you are staying overnight in any of the national park campgrounds or lodges, you have until 6 p.m. eastern daylight time on Thursday, October 3 to pack up and leave. All national parks—including educational and interpretive programs and special events—will be closed until the government reopens.
No one will be admitted to any of the parks after this day, and all reservations are cancelled, including reservations to visit the Statue of Liberty, mule trips in Grand Canyon and visits to Mount Rushmore. October is a huge month for visits to view elk in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
Even the National Park Service website will be down, so the 91 million people who use the site for education and travel planning will be without information. Shutdown updates can be found at www.doi.gov/shutdown.
The shutdown is costing lost revenue of about $450,000 per day to the NPS, and it affects more than 20,000 National Park Service employees who are furloughed until an appropriation is passed. Only 3,000 employees who provide essential services like security, emergency and firefighting will continue to work.