A Visitor Died at Yosemite National Park During the Partial Government Shutdown

Volunteers have done their best to keep some semblance of normality at the park

Volunteers have done their best to keep some semblance of normality at the park

The Trump administration appears to have gone out of its way to keep the attraction in the federally owned building that houses the Trump hotel open and staffed with National Park Service rangers, even as other federal agencies shut all but the most essential services.

The National Park Service has a $12 billion backlog of repairs including a massive water pipeline project at the Grand Canyon. "It's really a nightmare scenario", Garder said. And some parks have already chose to do just that. As of Friday, the partial shutdown had been in effect for 14 days.

According to multiple reports, some parks - like Yosemite National Park in California - are being overwhelmed by trash, vandalism, human waste and destructive off-roading.

"It's a free-for-all", said Yosemite worker Dakota Snider, who added that the heartbreaking situation is the worst he has seen in his four years living there. But because there was no one to collect admission fees, the number of visitors has surged, and the skeleton crews can't handle the park traffic. Others, like Yosemite and Joshua Tree, are easier to get into.

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks went a step further, closing entirely to visitors this week.

"We aren't releasing more detail because the incident remains under investigation, which is taking longer than usual because of the shutdown". "Trash receptacles are overflowing, resulting in litter dispersal throughout the area and a threat to wildlife". Visitors are still being asked to try to use restrooms before entering the park and to pack up all waste when they leave. However, park rangers are not on the job, trash is not being picked up, roads are not being cleared of snow, sites in campgrounds are not being assigned and restrooms are locked.

Access to Yellowstone National Park has also been threatened by snowfall. See Yellowstone Alpen Guides General Manager Travis Watt told The Associated Press that the tour companies could continue to do this throughout the winter if they have to. "But it's something we can handle".

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