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    10-14-2013, 02:43 AM
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Weanling
Question US Government "Shutdown" on Trail Riding?

A question for my fellow Americans - Just wondering if the current "shutdown" of the US government has impacted your trail riding/camping plans this fall?

I live in an area where many of the state parks are actually part of a national forest, and some areas have been closed for camping (even primitive). Some friends of mine just returned from a trip to Shawnee National Forest (southern IL), and Garden of the Gods was also closed with signs posted that there would be a $5000 fine if you entered the area. Not sure who was there to write tickets, but my friends were not eager to find out so they left.

Other areas, like Big South Fork (TN) and Land Between the Lakes (KY) are iffy. Are guests at privately-owned campgrounds in those areas still permitted on the trails, or have the horse trails been closed entirely?

Have you - or has anyone you know - had to cancel or change travel/camping plans with your horses because of park, campground, or trail closures?

Just curious.
     
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    10-14-2013, 03:39 AM
  #2
Yearling
My step-daughter had a trip to Mid-West planned and decided not to go. It's a privately owned campground with trails in Hoosier National and when she called to inquire about it they said no riding on the federal land.

We went to Brown County State Park about 10 days ago and their trails are not closed. The lady at the gate said the phone calls were driving her crazy though. LOL
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    10-14-2013, 04:30 AM
  #3
Weanling
I haven't had any issues on national forest land. But I ride mostly on isolated tracts that are accessible only through private land. However, Tuesday I have a big ride planned and we are planning on using some of the main trails so I will let you know Tuesday night,
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    10-14-2013, 04:39 AM
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Super Moderator
Why is there a shutdown?
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    10-14-2013, 04:43 AM
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Foal
Land is land.. how can you 'close' it?
     
    10-14-2013, 05:21 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Clava    
Why is there a shutdown?

Because our politicians are a joke. They live by different rules than the ordinary folk so when they start a war among them it impacts us peoples, not them -- idiots!
     
    10-14-2013, 05:25 AM
  #7
Super Moderator
Oh, I see.

(I thought the trails had been shutdown, so why are trails affected at all, do you have to pay for them?)
     
    10-14-2013, 06:01 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Clava    
Oh, I see.

(I thought the trails had been shutdown, so why are trails affected at all, do you have to pay for them?)

No our ninny politicians have shut down all of our federal government (well mostly). So our national parks, forests, museums etc are now closed. All non-essential federal employees were told not to come into work (they won't get paid). Most federal agencies are closed. Many states have parks and museums that remain open. The icing on the cake is the IRS (USA taxing authority) still works, but only the collections part, not the service or refund section. What a joke

Why are the trails shut? Some national parks do charge fees. But many you can access without paying fees. They are all closed because there is no one to ensure they are safe or if someone gets hurt or gets lost, no federal park employees can go out and find or assist them. If it sounds odd to you, just imagine how odd it is to us. People got to the Washington DC capital every day to see the monuments and war exhibits, but those have been blocked off too ... just crazy
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    10-14-2013, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Muriel    
No our ninny politicians have shut down all of our federal government (well mostly). So our national parks, forests, museums etc are now closed. All non-essential federal employees were told not to come into work (they won't get paid). Most federal agencies are closed. Many states have parks and museums that remain open. The icing on the cake is the IRS (USA taxing authority) still works, but only the collections part, not the service or refund section. What a joke

Why are the trails shut? Some national parks do charge fees. But many you can access without paying fees. They are all closed because there is no one to ensure they are safe or if someone gets hurt or gets lost, no federal park employees can go out and find or assist them.
Thank you for explaining
     
    10-14-2013, 08:32 AM
  #10
Cat
Green Broke
Thankfully while they closed down the campsite near the trails we ride on, the trails themselves are left open. We were just there yesterday.

I saw on facebook that a whole bunch of people got kicked out of one park after an endurance ride set up to earn money for those exact trails. Everyone got back in from a long hard ride, horses were still cooling off, some people had already kicked back and had a few drinks - and they forced all the rigs to move out that night. Crazy and dangerous.
     

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