After Congress gave final approval Wednesday night to a budget compromise that would temporarily reopen federal agencies, Yosemite National Park in California wasted no time in announcing that it was open and welcoming tourists.Visitors, for the first time since the partial government shutdown was imposed on Oct. 1, were allowed access to public areas and roads. But facilities and other public services were still in the process of being brought back online.
"We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite," stated park superintendent Don Neubacher. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy Yosemite’s colorful grandeur."
The news release included the following information:
"Major highways and roads leading into and through Yosemite National Park, including the Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove roads, are open to vehicles. Park visitor centers will reopen and Ranger-led programs will resume on October 17. Visitors are urged to consult the Yosemite Guide for a list of programs.
"Valley campgrounds in Yosemite will reopen on October 17. Those with reservations will be able to check in by noon. First come, first serve sites at Camp Four, Wawona and Hodgdon are also available.
"Delaware North Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., the park’s primary concessioner, is reopening facilities and will begin to welcome guests immediately.
"The Ansel Adams Gallery, located in Yosemite Village, will also reopen."