Yosemite Na­tional Park ser­vices lim­ited due to par­tial fed­eral shut­down

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Community - BY ASH­LEIGH PANOO [email protected]­nobee.com Ash­leigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @Ash­leighPan

If you’re go­ing to Yosemite Na­tional Park any­time in the near fu­ture, be pre­pared that some park ser­vices might not be avail­able due to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down.

Yosemite Na­tional Park sent a news re­lease Fri­day evening of all the ser­vices that are closed for the time be­ing, in­clud­ing camp­ground use.

Wa­wona Camp­ground and Hog­den Meadow Camp­grond are closed.

The Mari­posa Grove of Gi­ant Se­quoias will close on Satur­day due to im­pacts from hu­man waste and traf­fic safety con­cerns along Wa­wona Road and High­way 41, said park spokes­woman Jamie Richards.

Bath­rooms are also lim­ited through­out the park, and vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to use the bath­room be­fore en­ter­ing, Richards said. Vis­i­tors should also plan to pack in and pack out all trash, as cus­to­dial ser­vices are very lim­ited.

Vis­i­tor cen­ters are also closed and all park pro­grams are canceled dur­ing the shut­down.

The park an­nounced ear­lier in the week that con­ces­sion ser­vices will re­main open, in­clud­ing restau­rants, lodg­ing, the shut­tle sys­tem, and Up­per Pines Camp­ground and Camp 4.

All nor­mal park rules still ap­ply, Richards said, in­clud­ing pet reg­u­la­tions that say dogs must be kept on a leash and off park trails.

In ad­di­tion, mo­torists are re­quired to carry tire chains and should watch for tem­po­rary or un­ex­pected road clo­sures.

Richards said ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties and ar­eas within the park may close at any time for the health and safety of vis­i­tors.

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