Summer Sequester Travel: Fewer Rangers

Jun 17, 2013
Outside Magazine

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The Cuts: The National Parks will have approximately 1,000 fewer summer employees, which means visitors can expect closed information centers, less park maintenance, longer lines at park entrances, cut or limited numbers of park tours (i.e. Grand Canyon), and fewer park rangers and ranger-led programs. The Bureau of Land Management is closing or scaling back operations at hundreds of recreational sites, including campgrounds, boat launches, visitor centers and hiking trails. The Forest Service expects reduced services for hikers and campers, as well.

The Fix: Do your research ahead of time. The National Parks and Forest Service websites and have all the information you could find at the visitor’s center. And be prepared to DIY everything—that means packing out your trash, and bringing your own maps and food.

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