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Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
Ventura, CA — 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 trails and campgrounds at the five islands within Channel Islands National Park will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.
There will be no National Park Service (NPS)-provided visitor services at Channel Islands National Park, including public information, restrooms, and facilities maintenance. The park boat concessioner is operating with trips to the islands and whale watch tours. Concessioner Santa Barbara Adventures is providing kayak and snorkel tours on Santa Cruz Island.
Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park visitor centers are closed and all programs have been canceled, including educational visits and Channels Live distance learning programs.
The NPS will not be providing services for NPS-operated campgrounds, including maintenance, janitorial, bathrooms, check-in/check-out, and reservations. However, visitors in NPS-operated campgrounds will not be asked to leave unless safety concerns require such action. Visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available should they arrive during a government shutdown.
For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.
About the National Park Service— More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.