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Shutdown affects Devils Tower, Forest Service


January 3, 2019

With the federal government frozen in place until a funding deal can be reached, national parks and Forest service sites across Wyoming have been impacted. A partial federal government shutdown was still in place as this week began, causing closure or limited services at parks, landmarks and other sites.

Among those places affected by the shutdown is Devils Tower National Monument.

Since December 22, access to the park has remained open, but all services are closed, including buildings and restrooms.

Wyoming State Parks are, of course, unaffected. Keyhole State Park therefore remains open for the duration.

Across the state, anyone planning a trip at this time should be aware that the furlough will affect access to some

sites completely and interrupts services, emergency personnel and ranger-led tours at others.

The U.S. Forest Service was similarly affected by the shutdown. Local representatives have not been available for


According to national reports, both chambers of Congress met on Monday but did not take action to fully reopen the government. At that point, it was anticipated that the debate would linger until the 116th Congress convenes on January 3.


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