National Parks in the US are run by the National Park Service, which is a department within the Department of Agriculture. As such, the national parks are administered by the US government. People might wonder how the government shutdown that was forced by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi means to national parks.
You might be surprised to know that this doesn’t mean that national parks and monuments are closed and that there is a massive layoff of park service employees. Neither is the case. The national parks remain open as they would if there was no government shutdown. Employees that would normally be laid off are still laid off and those who would be retained are still retained. Areas within the national parks that would normally be closed are still closed, but other areas are open.
That isn’t to say that there isn’t any impact. During a US government shutdown, National Park Service personnel are not available to provide guidance, assistance, or emergency response. Park visitors are warned to visit at their own risk. Concessions to the public that are run by the park service are closed.
Aside from that, essential functions still occur at the park. For instance, Crater Lake still keeps the roads plowed. The employees living in the park are still cared for and kept safe. There is simply far fewer interactions with visitors to the park and tours are suspended.
A government shutdown is primarily a huge inconvenience to visitors to national parks. Of course, this is not a concern for those in Congress who chose to shut down the government simply because they didn’t want to allocate a relatively small expenditure for the safety of all US citizens. They don’t worry about the people
. Despite it all, the parks remain open.