President Donald Trump’s shutdown of portions of the federal government is impacting several facilities and agencies in our area. In Grand Teton National Park, the Entrance gates are open, but not staffed. Visitors can access the park with no visitor services available. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are not available. Park roads that are open will remain open if they are essential to respond to emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property; this includes most roads that are normally maintained at this time of year. Access to all residences will be maintained, and concessioners and commercial-use authorization holders may continue to provide visitor services after coordination with the park to ensure compliance with government shutdown protocols. At the National Elk Refuge, Sleigh ride tours on the National Elk Refuge through Double H Bar will continue as previously scheduled. Those seeking information on ticket sales and services may call the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at 307-733-3316. In Yellowstone National Park, At Yellowstone National Park, Entrance gates are open, but not staffed. Although government-run operations and facilities are closed, visitors can access the road from Gardiner to the northeast entrance and all the commercial services along the route. Visitors can also access commercial services in the interior of the park, as funding is available for ongoing road maintenance. Guided snowmobiling trips with commercial operators is allowed. Non-commercially guided snowmobile trips are not allowed during the shutdown. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, still apply.
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