Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 22, 2018

Impact Of Government Shutdown On Pt. Reyes

The Pt. Reyes Seashore association reports on the impact of the government shutdown on Pt. Reyes . Every national park and monument is impacted so if you are planning check out the park website. Here is the Pt. Reyes update on how the government shutdown that went into effect at midnight last night will impact visitor services and PRNSA’s programs at our park.
Point Reyes National Seashore will remain as accessible as possible, while still following all applicable laws and procedures. This means:
  • The Park is Open: Park roads, lookouts, and trails at Point Reyes National Seashore, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited, so please use caution when in the park.
  • National Park Service (NPS) Visitor Services Unavailable: There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Point Reyes National Seashore, including visitor centers, public information,restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance.
  • Communication Limitations: Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. Click here for basic information about the park.
  • Campgrounds: The NPS will not be providing services for NPS-operated campgrounds, including maintenance, janitorial, bathrooms, check-in/check-out, issuance of backcountry permits, and reservations. However, visitors in NPS-operated campgrounds will not be asked to leave unless safety concerns require such action. Visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available should they arrive during a government shutdown. Campground water systems will not be maintained as potable. Be sure to pack sufficient water or able to treat or filter water.
Drakes Beach Bookstore/Retail Operation:
Open 11 am – 4:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays
PRNSA operates the Drakes Beach Bookstore and it will be open today and tomorrow and is stocked with convenience items, coffee, snacks, maps, books, and gift items. Other non-NPS partners, including the the Point Reyes Hostel and Five Brooks Ranch will continue to operate and can be contacted directly about their services.
PRNSA has no scheduled classes or programs through the New Year. We will keep you updated on the status of programs should the shutdown continue into January.
We hope this situation ends quickly and look forward to having our NPS colleagues back on the job of protecting, preserving, and sharing Point Reyes National Seashore. In the meantime, thank you for taking extra care of yourselves and the park when visiting.


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