Some areas at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Park are accessible during government shutdown

Sand dunes in winter/Courier file photo

MOSCA – During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, and trails at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services are limited.

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services, including public information, fee collection, janitorial services, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance including snow plowing.

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being updated and may not reflect current conditions. If the shutdown lasts through the week, the annual Christmas Bird Count held on December 29th will be cancelled.

The park’s campground continues to be closed for the season. The Medano Pass Primitive Road, from Castle Creek picnic area to the top of the pass, is closed for the season and will remain closed during the government shutdown.

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