All National Parks closed at 12:01 am today. The Appropriations did not come from Congress to support non-essential elements of the country. Rangers are furloughed until further notice.
Yosemite is in a phased shut down. The gates are not locked, but current guests at the hotels and campsites need to depart by Thurs. 10/3 at 3pm. ALL California Roads will remain open but for transit only. Highways 120, 140, 41 are cross park transit and cannot be used for access to recreation. You are only allowed to drive to get to your destination. You cannot stop along the road to view or take photos. I suggest going east to Mono Lake and Bodie – both off Hwy 395.
The working rangers are sworn Law Enforcement officers and cite you. Regarding accommodations: DNC is working with upcoming reservations to either reschedule or cancel if needed due to the shutdown. They are providing refunds.
Threw will be no hiking of Half Dome until this is resolved. The policy is NOT to give refunds within 2 days of your trip. Check with recreation.gov to see what they say about refunds. The cables are being taken apart for winter n Oct 15. You may still be able to go up. I’ll keep you posted as things develop. There is discussion in Congress on possibly opening up the parks.
In the nationwide National Park Service, 21,379 people out of 24,645 will be furloughed. Read more detailed information on the NPS Contingency Plan.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.” Lech Walesa
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com