WASHINGTON – Just hours after the government officially shut down, national parks across the country closed their gates to visitors.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began closing parks, which will not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers understands the impacts that these actions will have on the American recreating public if we are required to close our recreation areas,” said James R. Hannon, USACE Chief of Operations. “We know that this is a time of year when many vacationing families are using or planning to use USACE recreation facilities, and we will reopen them for public use and enjoyment as quickly as possible once the government shutdown is lifted.”
Campers who are on site before the shutdown went into effect are required to leave campgrounds no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday.
However, campers can leave their reservations open so they can use it after the shutdown is lifted.
Customers who are scheduled to arrive while the shutdown is in effect may cancel their reservations for a full refund or leave them open for use after the shutdown is lifted.
Campers will receive a refund for any unused portion of their reservations.
Visitors are encouraged to contact their local park office for information.