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"If visitor access becomes a safety, health or resource protection issue (weather, roadconditions, resource damage, garbage build-up to the extent that it endangers humanhealth or wildlife, etc.), the area must be closed."I suspect that this clause with be the impetus for closure.
Here is the NPS contingency plan for a funding related shutdown . https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/2018_01_nps_contingency_plan.pdf
As I've said before, if you can function without the NPS, it may be the best trip ever to Big Bend.
Precisely. Drive to your favorite roadside campsite, and if it's unocupied, it's yours! Arrive to the park after business hours and want to camp on the South Rim that night? No problem!
Thanks everyone, your thoughts are helpful. It seems like the stores and lodge are not run by nps. So it seems they would likely stay open based on what I could find. However, I called the park today and their answer was, “we have not been given any information about any plans for a shutdown. If we know anything we will post it in the alerts section of the website.” She sounded quite annoyed. I was probably not the first to ask that question today. So, if anyone else finds this thread, know that calling the park is futile and the best way to get information is to keep an eyes on the website.
So, in the event of a shut down, it's likely that no one will be issuing permits. Are there any legal issues if people set out to do any camping in the backcountry zones or chisos sites?
The last major shutdown resulted in the biggest SAR event BBRSP has ever seen. If you do come to BBRSP make good decisions and stay safe. http://bigbend.arkansasonline.com/
Quote from: Ranger Tim on December 21, 2018, 10:43:28 AMThe last major shutdown resulted in the biggest SAR event BBRSP has ever seen. If you do come to BBRSP make good decisions and stay safe. http://bigbend.arkansasonline.com/Yes, but that event was precipitated by the NPS forcing their typical inept clientele out of the safety and comfort zone of hand-holding services. Between the NPS and folks completely out of their element (and not understanding their self-image of 'experienced' desert users...was anything but), they nearly died.They were damned lucky.They do get a gold star for telling their story, but the lesson likely was/is lost on those most in need of the cautionary tale.However, reading their story does not instill confidence that even they actually learned the lesson.
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