More Areas Of Yosemite Closed Due To Human Waste

More Areas Of Yosemite Closed Due To Human Waste

More Areas Of Yosemite Closed Due To Human Waste

Some national parks have taken a hit amid the USA government shutdown: They've remained open, though severely understaffed, leading to public health concerns like overflowing toilets. Over the holiday season, countless tourists visited Horseshoe Bend, part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area which is maintained by National Park Service.

"Any entry onto NPS property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk", the park service said.

The shutdown has also left a stinking mess at Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in eastern California.

"With restrooms closed, some visitors are opting to deposit their waste in natural areas adjacent to high traffic areas, which creates a health hazard for other visitors", National Parks Service spokesman Andrew Munoz told the publication in an email.

Numerous other parks across the United States also are partly or fully closed, reported National Parks Traveler, which has compiled a list of shutdowns. Plus, the National Park Service website will not be updated, leaving visitors in the dark about campground re-openings.

Officials say vault toilets on the site are reaching capacity. Calley Cederlof at the Visalia Times-Delta reports that unsanitary conditions have led authorities to close areas of Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks. Among the closures are all nineteen Smithsonian museums in NY and Washington, DC, including the African American Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Air and Space Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the National Zoo.

The partial government shutdown has resulted in closings at the Smithsonian Institution, money problems for small businesses, and now, piles of poop at America's national parks. According to Purdy, she and others have been collecting garbage and cleaning the bathrooms out of the simple goodness of their hearts and love for the nation's parks.

"The whole community has come together, " Feltges said, also by phone.

Travelers can still get into the park, though officials have announced they will be limiting access along the Highway 41 corridor during peak visitation hours.

But volunteer efforts can't supplant the work of the park service, said David Lamfrom, director of the California Desert and National Wildlife Programs of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Almost all roads inside Yellowstone are normally closed for winter, meaning most visitors at this time of the year access park attractions like Old Faithful or the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone through guides.

"It's a free-for-all", said Dakota Snider, 24, a Yosemite Valley resident, reported The Associated Press.

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