Rocky Mountain National Park to remain open, understaffed during government shutdown |

Rocky Mountain National Park to remain open, understaffed during government shutdown

While Rocky Mountain National Park remains open during the government shutdown, park staff will be unable to fully staff the park property and are urging visitors to use caution.

According to a press release from Rocky Mountain National Park, roads that are already open will remain open as long as weather and conditions allow. However, roads and areas of the park may be closed if conditions warrant and the park will be unable to update visitors on these changes via their website, email or social media.

The park warns that any entrance during the period of government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk and notes that emergency services will be limited.

There will not be park personnel available to provide guidance and assistance and no visitors services will be available, including at entrance stations and visitors centers, such as Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, the release said. The Morraine Park Campground and some restroom facilities will also not be operating.

Other operations impacted include trash collection and road, walkway and restroom maintenance. Park staff will not be able to issue permits or conduct educational programs.

All the same park rules and regulations apply. No overnight camping or parking is allowed.

The government shutdown began at midnight Saturday after President Trump and Congress couldn’t pass a spending bill because of disagreements regarding the funding of a border wall.

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