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. 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
Apparently the government has such a high opinion of itself that it thinks the American people are not capable of walking on a path in the woods without "help."
There really isn't much to stop people from hiking/riding the trails, but I think anything that involves "facilities and services" is closed. That includes points of interest where there is a concession stand or restroom, or camping (even if it's just a primitive setup). And, in some areas, you cannot access trails or trailheads without first entering the park or going through some kind of access gate, so they simply close and lock the gates.