YOSEMITE – Travelers to Yosemite National Park will be able to pass through, but there will be no access to the valley and no services, as the federal government shuts down until a new budget is passed.
Motorists will be able to head through the park on their way to Lee Vining, El Portal and Highway 120, but will be diverted at the El Capitan cutoff, and not allowed to enter the valley.
Park employees are working on the shut-down, and they will all be required to leave by Thursday, according to YNP spokesperson Cari Cobb.
Campsites, services and hotels will be closed, and all non-essential personnel will be furloughed. Law enforcement and other vital employees will remain.
Travelers through the park will not be allowed to stop and recreate, including picnicking, photographing, hiking, etc.
In a search for more detailed information, a visit to the park website, www.nps.gov, brought up this message – Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.
We will update as more information becomes available.