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While you can count on the majority of our National Parks to be open most of the year, it is always a good idea to double check the status of each individual park both while planning your trip and right before you arrive. Natural hazards like winter storms, flash floods, and wildfires can occur at any time, resulting in precautions ranging from road closures to full closures of the park. And yes, government shutdowns are always something to look out for.

The Aftermath of the Government Shutdown

After the partial government shutdown that ended Friday, Jan 25, Mike Litterst, chief spokesman for the National Park Service, said the nation’s more than 400 parks are reopening on a rolling schedule. Some of the parks that were partially open and accessible during the shutdown are expected to get back to full operations more quickly.

The following statement was up on the National Parks Service website on 1/29/19:

With the enactment of the continuing resolution, the National Park Service is preparing to resume regular operations though the schedule for individual parks may vary depending on staff size and complexity of operations. Many parks which have been accessible throughout the lapse in appropriations remain accessible with basic services. Visitors should contact individual parks or visit park websites for the latest information opening schedules and accessibility and visitor services. Some parks which have been closed throughout the lapse in appropriations may not reopen immediately. [As of 1/29/19]

Book your trip worry-free with our flexible cancellation policy!

We realize that our National Parks are some of the most popular destinations for our renters. That’s why we like to be flexible when it comes to unexpected events like government shutdowns or closures. If you need to cancel your trip due to one of these reasons, please contact our reservations department at reservations@escapecampervans.com or +1 310 672 9909 (option 1) to speak with our team. As long as you give us 3 days notice prior to your pickup date, we will allow you keep your $200 deposit on file with us for a future trip!

We’re also providing a regularly-updated list below of which National Parks are open. There are quite a few, so we’re narrowing it down to the top 20 most-visited parks. For a full list of park closures and alerts, visit the National Parks Service website.

Always check with each individual park for the most accurate information

While we update the list below before, during, and after a government shutdown, it may not have the most up-to-date information. The best way to check the status of the National Park(s) you want to visit is to check their individual websites and/or call them. These are the 3 main places to get this information are:

Current Statuses and Major Alerts from the Most-Visited National Parks

Last updated February 27, 2019, 2:10 PM MST 

National ParkStatus
AcadiaNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/AcadiaNPS
ArchesNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/ArchesNPS
BadlandsNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/BadlandsNPS
Bryce CanyonNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/BryceCanyonNPS
CanyonlandsNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm https://twitter.com/CanyonlandsNPS
Death ValleyNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm https://twitter.com/DeathValleyNPS
GlacierNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/GlacierNPS
Grand CanyonNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm https://twitter.com/GrandCanyonNPS
Grand TetonNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/GrandTetonNPS
Great Sand DunesNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Great Smoky MountainsNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
Joshua TreeNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm https://twitter.com/JoshuaTreeNPS
Mount RainierNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/MountRainierNPS
OlympicNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm
Rocky MountainNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/RockyNPS
Sequoia & Kings CanyonNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm
ShenandoahNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/ShenandoahNPS
YellowstoneNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/conditions.htm https://twitter.com/YellowstoneNPS
YosemiteNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm https://twitter.com/YosemiteNPS
ZionNormal operations have resumed. More info: https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm https://twitter.com/ZionNPS

How You Can Help the US National Parks After a Shutdown

Stay Informed

Be aware of alerts and continuing closures at each individual National Park. These are often in effect for your own safety as well as to protect and preserve our parks.

Donate

The National Park Foundation (NPF), the official umbrella nonprofit for the whole parks system, has established a fund that they will dole out to the various parks according to need. People can donate now to the Parks Restoration Fund to create a pool of money the individual parks can draw from as soon as they can begin restoration.

Volunteer

Sign up to be alerted for volunteer opportunities once parks staff are back online and able to coordinate requests to help. Each of the parks also has a more local nonprofit partner that helps upkeep them, and NPF is coordinating with those entities directly to manage donations and volunteer requests.

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