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Infrastructure and the Maintenance Backlog

Maintaining the roads and bridges, visitor centers, historic buildings, trails, and campgrounds that make parks such incredible places to visit is an enormous task. Over the years, aging facilities, growing visitation, and limited resources have made that task even harder, resulting in a backlog of maintenance work.

Learn more about the maintenance backlog across the National Park System, including the current status and how we identify and report deferred maintenance.

The proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget includes legislation to establish a Public Lands Infrastructure Fund that would help address the maintenance backlog.


In 2017, nearly 331 million people visited the national parks. The official count was 330,882,751 recreation visits, almost identical to the record-setting 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. While numbers were steady, visitors actually spent more time in parks during their 2017 visits compared to 2016. Learn more about visitation in 2017, including park milestones and the top 10 most-visited parks.

Park Topics

See the list of active alerts for more information about closures and other conditions in parks.

Federal Register Notices

The Federal Register is the official “newspaper” of the federal government. It contains presidential documents and rules and regulations, proposed rules, and notices for executive agencies, such as the Department of the Interior, and their bureaus. Visit the National Register to view documents on publication, significant documents, and recently published documents for the National Park Service.

Last updated: September 24, 2018