For Release: January 22, 2018
Contact: Katie Lawhon
Gettysburg National Military Park Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown
Gettysburg, Pa. – During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, memorials, and trails at Gettysburg National Military Park, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.
There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Gettysburg National Military Park, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and road maintenance, including snow plowing. The film, cyclorama painting and museum exhibits at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center remain open and available to visitors. Licensed Battlefield Guides are available and giving battlefield tours. For reservations call 877-874-2478. Other tours and services may be available; check with providers of these tours for the latest information.
Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled, including Winter Lectures, Reading Adventures for Families, and the Battlefield Book Series.
The Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park, including the Annex, will be closed during the shutdown. The NPS will not be providing services for the McMillan Woods youth group campground, including maintenance, janitorial, bathrooms, check-in/check-out, and reservations. However, visitors in NPS-operated campgrounds will not be asked to leave unless safety concerns require such action. Visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available should they arrive during a government shutdown.
Eisenhower National Historic Site will be closed during the shutdown.
For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees who care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.