8 responses

  1. Kent @ NVR
    March 14, 2011

    Thanks for this, Chris. Let’s hope a shutdown doesn’t occur. The National Parks represent one of most outstanding characteristics of our country.

  2. Scott – Ordinary Traveler
    March 14, 2011

    Thanks Chris, this would be just plan awful if they have close down. I understand when it comes to money tough choices need to be made, but it would be a damn shame.

  3. Cyril
    March 22, 2011

    Living in Montreal (Canada), I was planning to go to Oregon and Washington state this summer for national parks (Rainier, Caves, Olympic…), but due to this looming shutdown, I will have to cancel my plan and I would spend my money in another country. I am not willing to risk 2k$ of airplane ticket, and do nothing because of this shutdown.

  4. JustSayinEP
    April 5, 2011

    I encourage any citizen who wishes to visit a National Park during any government “shutdown” to do so!! I find it infuriating that the NPS takes the attitude that if they aren’t there to watch over the public, then the public can’t be trusted to walk upon their own lands.

    Just about anytime between 7:00 pm and 8:00 am in the winter and early spring, and even in the dead of the night in mid-summer, you’d be very hard pressed to find a patrolling ranger anywhere within RMNP. And yet somehow during the day the citizens can’t be trusted to be respectful and care for their national park?

    • Alan
      April 7, 2011

      @JustSayinEP As I recall, there was quite a bit of resource damage within national parks during the last shutdown. The historic parks were most adversely affected– particularly by small time looters. Since not all Americans hold the same conservation values, having an authority to guide park use and management makes sense. I agree with you that the presence of other visitors is as equally valuable to patrols when it comes to protecting park lands.

  5. Anita Stumph
    April 10, 2011

    We are horrified about this possibily happening. Planned and paid for over a year ago Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon North and South Rim and only time we can go is in May. Not even speaking of airfare. This is the one and only trip we have been on in 23 years of this nature and I am worried to death about the possibility of going out there and seeing nothing we had planned to see.

    • Chris
      April 11, 2011

      @Anita – It looks like this issue is settled, at least for now. Enjoy your trip – you’ve got some fabulous places on your itinerary. Bryce is my favorite park! Report back on which ones you liked the best.

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