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Re: Government shutdown - RMNP closure?

Postby rockymtnclimber » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:29 am

I'd be interested to see more info from the Park Service if the shutdown happens. Word from Red Rocks NCA in Vegas is that Law Enforcement Rangers will still be on duty, and that visitors entering during a shutdown could be ticketed. That makes me think that the county providing law enforcement won't automatically ensure that people will be allowed in.

From what I have read elsewhere, visitors will be given 48 hours to vacate the National Parks following a shutdown. This implies to me that entering after that period, or even during it, could be trespassing or some other crime.

I'm sure information will be more clear following the actual start of a shutdown, though they are saying the NPS website will likely be offline.

I, too, wanted to get up to RMNP. Let's hope everything is worked out quickly!

This is the info I just pulled from CNN.com:
"All national parks would close at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. Parks that have actual hours, like the St. Louis Arch or Washington Monument, just won't reopen. At parks where people camp, gates will be closed so no one can enter. Those in the park will be given 24 hours to leave. Parks like Yellowstone and Gettysburg, which are large and contain public roads, will be passable but all gates and visitor centers will be locked and closed. Most park employees will not report to work. Law enforcement will remain to protect parks and the public."

RMNP does have a road through, so that might remain open. But it sounds as if use of the park is not allowed.
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Re: Government shutdown - RMNP closure?

Postby Bill Reed » Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:58 pm

Don't know that there's a gate on the road to the Long's Peak CG/TH since it's normally open year round. If there isn't, you might still have access in spite of the "main" part of the park being closed.
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Re: Government shutdown - RMNP closure?

Postby CSUMarmot » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:50 am

My brother called the RMNP HQ and they basically said enter at your own risk. Outside of the three east entrance stations (Wild basin might not be manned in the winter, so maybe just the two) a good deal of the trailheads would not have been patrolled. Sure your list of destinations would have been cut down, but thats no reason to let the government keep you out. We climbed three RMNP mountains on Saturday without ever parking within the park boundaries.
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Re: Government shutdown - RMNP closure?

Postby Tonka » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:31 pm

I was in Palm Springs this weekend with a planed trip into J-Tree for Sat (16 mile loop with the Wonderland Traverse). We were watching the news very closely on Friday night. Thank god there was no shut down. I did talk to a ranger on Sat. morning and she said they were ready to shut all gates and that campers would need to be out by Sun...or Mon. I can't remember. I would have been pissed after flying to Palm Springs, paying for three nights hotel in Palm Springs and dealing with the largest gay dance party in the world the same weekend :shock: 25 thousand gay men in one desert town is way too many.
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