Oct 1, 2013 2:37 PM
As a result of the Congressional stalemate in Washington D.C., All 401 national parks have been forced to close, including Lassen Volcanic National Park.
All visitor facilities including Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center, Loomis museum, Drakesbad guest ranch, Manzanita Lake cabins, campgrounds and roads – including Lassen National Park Highway thru the park– are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens.
Darlene Koontz, the park’s superintendent, stated current park visitors and all overnight campgrounds and lodges will be given until 6 p.m. Thursday to make travel arrangements and leave the park. All park programs and special events have also been cancelled, including school group programs, youth camping programs, and ranger led talks.
The park estimates they host well over 1,100 visitors each day in the month of October and more than 700,000 visitors enjoy the National Park System every day nationally. Lassen Volcanic stated in their press release the park will lose an estimated $1,600 of entrance and camping fees each day of the shutdown. Nationally, the park system could lose up to $450,000 per day in lost revenue.
Lassen Volcanic further stated 115 employees are on furlough with a limited number remaining to provide security and emergency services. Nationwide the shutdown has also furloughed more than 20,000 National Park Service employees. Because it will not be maintained, the National Park Service website will be down for the duration of the shutdown. NPS.gov has more than 750,000 pages and 91 million unique visitors each year.
For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.
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