Shutdown: How the Bay Area’s national parks are being affected

The partial government shutdown, now in its second week, has resulted in limited services in the nation’s national parks. Here’s what’s open and closed at Bay Area parks run by the federal government:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, Lands End, Marin Headlands, Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods are open, but many visitor services, like guided tours or programs, are unavailable. Behind the Scenes and night tours at Alcatraz are being canceled, and tourists who purchased tickets before the shutdown will be refunded.

Point Reyes National Seashore: Campgrounds, park roads and lookouts are open, but emergency and rescue services are limited. Visitor centers and restrooms are closed, and trash collection has stopped. Services run by concessionaires, such as Point Reyes Hotel, Five Brooks Ranch and Drakes Beach Bookstore, are open.

Yosemite National Park: The park is open, but entrance stations are not staffed and National Park Service-led tours and programs are unavailable. Yosemite Museum is closed. Many restrooms are closed, but restrooms at concession areas are open. Hiking trails remain open, and all campgrounds except Upper Pines Campground and Camp 4 are closed.

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park: All sites are closed.

At each national park, services that aren’t run by the National Park Service, such as the National Parks Conservancy, the Presidio Trust and Alcatraz Cruises, will continue operating.

— Ashley McBride, ashley.mcbride@sfchronicle.com

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Shutdown-How-the-Bay-Area-s-national-parks-are-13504435.php.

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