While the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park isn't technically closed in winter, getting there can be difficult, especially now that the state highway leading to the rim is closed for the winter.
Grand Canyon National Park
There's plenty of debate about the pros and cons of "social media" in today's world, but among the advantages of those sites are the opportunities to enjoy some photos of "wish I'd been there" moments. The Facebook page for Grand Canyon National Park includes some recent images that remind us that our parks offer some special views of the ever-changing natural world.
A glance around the national parks shows opportunities to spend the year-end holidays in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley, Native American celebrations at Grand Canyon National Park, and trail work at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Many feel the national parks are being used by both parties as "political pawns" during the government shutdown. If that's the case, is the temporary reopening of several major parks likely to shorten or lengthen the shutdown?
Wondering which national parks have been able to reopen with state funding? Here's a list, and the dates the parks are to remain open...barring some resolution in Washington or more funding from the states.
National Park Service officials have found themselves turned into political pawns, first as the administration's face of the government shutdown and now by being splintered through a handful of park openings.
Grand Canyon National Park reopened Saturday, and will remain open at least through Friday, with funding from the state of Arizona.
Despite the estimated loss of $76 million a day, the furlough of more than 20,000 federal and non-profit employees, and the ruination of countless vacations, 94 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives want to know how many rangers it takes to keep the World War II Memorial on the National Mall closed.October 9, 2013 Letter to Director Jarvis.pdf
Around the country, as the partial government shutdown moves into its second week, taxpayers angry with the closure of national parks are showing their disgust through civil disobedience, mockery, and anger directed at the National Park Service.
Though it won't be an immediate help to those Colorado River runners beached at Lees Ferry by the shutdown of the National Park System, the National Park Service will refund their permit fees and give them a choice of launch dates in the years to come.