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Our National Parks Staff Are Thrilled to Be Back Open

The longest government shutdown history finally ended and our National Parks are opening back up as quickly as possible. It’s obvious from their Instagram posts that are thrilled to be back in the great outdoors.

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Statement from Shenandoah National Park on the Resumption of Full Operations: With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Shenandoah National Park will resume regular operations today. Please visit www.nps.gov/shen for updated information about the park. Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) will be open weekends starting Sunday, January 27. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All restroom facilities that are normally open in winter are operational and entrance station staff will be welcoming visitors and collecting entrance fees on Sunday. Skyline Drive is open from mile 0 (Front Royal) to mile 63 (Route 33). The southern section remains closed due to storm damage. Thank you to all of our partners and communities for their support of the Park and its resources during the shutdown. Shenandoah National Park’s employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks.

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A Winter Haiku for You: The sky is sparkling As frost falls from the treetops. Worth a second look. . . The Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall have resumed normal open hours of 9 am to 5 pm daily. Park staff will monitor and report on road and campground conditions over the next few days. As of Sunday, January 27, the paved scenic drive in Utah is open to the visitor center and quarry. The road to Split Mountain Campground and most trailheads and overlooks remain snow covered. The paved scenic drive in Colorado is open to vehicles for 5 miles. Past Plug Hat Butte the road is only open for hiking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing. . . #findyourpark #snow #frost #haiku

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The government may have been shutdown, but geology waits for no one! On January 18, 2019 a large rockfall closed the East Rim Trail between Weeping Rock and Observation Point. .. Rockfall is an important part of the canyon forming process as each rock that falls widens the canyon. Rockfalls are largely unpredictable and can sometimes impact our human infrastructure. This rockfall is blocking two switchbacks of the trail, which is carved into the canyon wall. Fresh rockfalls can be very unstable so it is important to keep the trail closed until our park physical scientist can evaluate the stability and our trail crew can clear the way. .. We don't know how long this trail will be closed, but we are glad to be getting back to work preserving and providing access to this amazing place. .. *There is no access to Observation Point from Weeping Rock. Currently, the only way to get to Observation Point would be from the east. Remote roads and deep snow would mean you should have 4-wheel drive and snowshoes to attempt the hike from the east.* #rockfall #closure #observationpoint #geology #ICYMI

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We are back & we missed you! With the enactment of the continuing resolution, Big Bend National Park is preparing to resume regular operations over the course of this week. Please be patient as we work to call in all employees and volunteers that have been furloughed and as we ensure all facilities are operational, safe, and clean so we are prepared to provide the best visitor services possible. *Panther Junction and Chisos Basin Visitor Centers opened this afternoon with Rangers on duty, all others will open Monday. *Backcountry camping and regular campgrounds will be available Tuesday. *The Boquillas Port of Entry will be open Wednesday. Please see our website for the full schedule. #shutdown2019 #shutdown #open #welcomeback #hello #wemissedyou #chisosmountains #bigbendnps #bigbendnationalpark #bigbend

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Death Valley National Park employees are happy to start opening more park facilities! Please have patience with us as it will take some time. For example, some of the campgrounds can't open until we test those water systems. Information: Furnace Creek Visitor Center – open 8:30-5:00 Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station – open 9:00-4:00 Resorts (fuel, food, camping, and lodging): The Oasis at Death Valley – open Stovepipe Wells Resort – open Panamint Springs Resort – open Campgrounds: Furnace Creek – closed, targeting Thursday 1/31 to open. Existing reservations through 1/30 will be canceled and refunded. Sunset – open Texas Springs – closed, targeting Thursday 1/31 to open Stovepipe Wells – open Mesquite Springs – closed, not sure of target opening date Wildrose – closed, not sure of target opening date Updates: Salt Creek Road opened 9:15am Saturday, Natural Bridge Road opened at 12:55pm Saturday Check our web page for current conditions: https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/shutdown.htm

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With the recent enactment of the continuing resolution, Guadalupe Mountains National Park resumed regular operations today, January 27, at 8:00 a.m. All areas of the park including frontcountry and backcountry (with an issued permit) campgrounds are open to the public. . Guadalupe Mountains would like to thank our local communities and partners for their support. Please visit www.nps.gov/gumo for updated information about the park. Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors back to their national parks. #NPS102 @nationalparkservice @usinterior @npsvipnetwork @naturenps #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque 📷 @giraffeascope

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With the enactment of the continuing resolution, park staff will resume regular operations over the next several days. Chain of Craters Road will remain closed until staff can return to work and check for road hazards and impacts to critical resources such as nēnē, the endangered Hawaiian goose. Please visit www.nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes for updated information about the park. We greatly appreciate the generous contributions of park partners, especially Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano House, Volcano Art Center, and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association who have provided tens of thousands of dollars in financial and in-kind donations during the lapse in appropriations. Their efforts have contributed significantly to our ability to provide access and basic services to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park throughout the shutdown. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks. Photo of Kīlauea Caldera from the Keanakako'i Overlook. NPS Photo/B.Hayes

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