National Parks: The U.S. Department of the Interior


Government Shutdown, October 2013

The U.S. Department of the Interior is helping to keep the public informed on the latest happenings with our national parks. Several states have entered into agreements with the Federal Government to take over the funding of national parks temporarily, allowing them to re-open to the public during the shutdown. Parks such as the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York and the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, as well as several others have been temporarily funded by the states to allow full operations during the government shutdown.  Hunters, tourists, campers, and other park visitors will have access to the parks facilities and lands.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is also providing Contingency Plans for Operations in the Absence of Appropriations including facts, links, and information concerning how the shutdown will affect various departments and organizations as well as lists of frequently asked questions for various services and departments affecting land, hunters, tourists, conservation, reservations, and many other issues.