Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Not Affected By Fed Shutdown

Orick, Calif. – During the shutdown of the federal government, Redwood National Parks will remain open, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. Park roads, lookouts and trails in the park will remain accessible to visitors.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park -- with are managed with Redwood National Park collectively as Redwood National and State Parks -- will remain open as normal because they are managed by California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Camping in Redwood National and State Parks will continue as normal, as all campgrounds in the park system are in the state park units. Moreover, the Prairie Creek Visitor Center on the Newton Drury Parkway north of Orick is still open too.

There will be no visitor services at Redwood National Park, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, facilities and roads maintenance. Permits will not be issued for vehicle access to the Tall Trees Grove trailhead. No backcountry permits will be issued except for backcountry permits for Gold Bluffs Beach, which may be obtained at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center.

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All NPS programs have been canceled, including: ranger-led interpretive walks, educational school programs, and scientific research.

Other national parks will remain open as well, with similar limitations.

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