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Towns like these across the USA are financially dependent on businesses, from equipment rental services to, of course, locally-owned hotels and restaurants, most of which largely cater to national park visitors.

While most U.S. national parks remain open, the shutdown has left staff at home, facilities unavailable and campsites closed.

In Yoshua Tree national Park in California the camping sites close, because there was bickering and not simply ends Ranger.

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Hetch Hetchy, Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow Campgrounds, and all snow play areas were also closed. Utah had been paying to staff up all five of its national parks but will continue to staff only Zion in the new year, AP reported.

"Park staff are beginning to close restroom facilities and trash receptacles at many park locations due to human waste issues, wildlife concerns and overall public health", the Park Service said.

But some are seizing on the shortage of park staffers to drive off road illegally and otherwise damage the park, as well as relieving themselves in the open.

At the gate of the Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, a sign reads "entry during the federal shutdown is at visitors' sole risk".

California's Joshua Tree National Park, about 209km east of Los Angeles, is among many national parks across the country that have curtailed operations.

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And for those planning a visit there, Lost Horse Mine Road and Rattlesnake Canyon are also closed effective immediately.

Arches National Park officials said on December 22, the day the shutdown began, that some parts of the park would remain accessible; however, access may change without notice. The Washington Post notes that the Trump administration initially kept most of the parks open with skeleton crews to enforce some of the rules.

As the government shutdown entered its 13th day, key Democrats accused the Trump administration of ramping up the danger and confusion at national parks by closing some while allowing majority to stay open. "This is no reflection on their efforts and the park is very fortunate to have a community that exhibits the kind of care and concern witnessed over the last week".

Reynolds said one thing in particular that people who walk along the trails and beaches should be mindful of is taking pet waste along with them after heading out of the park.

"Providing visitor services is only a portion of what park staff is there to do", he said.

The visitor center and museum at Yosemite have closed, and emergency response times may increase during the shutdown, officials said.

As the federal government enters the second full week of its partial shutdown, federal workers aren't the only ones affected. "Those memories aren't going to happen this year".

Mr Victor Jerez, 53, spent the day hiking in Joshua Tree with his brother, his sister and their families, though they were disappointed to find the visitor centre shut down.

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