Summer Sequester Travel: Shorter Park Seasons

Jun 17, 2013
Outside Magazine

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The Cuts: None of the National Park Service’s 401 parks will be shuttered this summer—but many parks are still expecting reduced summer hours and shortened seasons. In addition, access to certain areas of parks may be restricted and permits may be difficult to obtain.

The Fix: Plan ahead, check park websites, don’t assume access will be as easy as it was in previous years. If your favorite park is closed, don’t fret. Look for dispersed camping possibilities at nearby BLM or Forest Service lands—they’re almost as beautiful and lack the big crowds.

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