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Government shutdown?

Any thoughts on how to handle a govt shutdown next week? Have res. at Jackson Lake Lodge and Old Faithful Inn from Oct 3-7. If park closes for day or two, will the lodges re-open? Any thoughts on what else to do/see if park closes?

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11. Re: Government shutdown?

Even if the park is closed, that route (Cody-Thermopolis-Shoshoni-Dubois-Jackson) will still be open.

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12. Re: Government shutdown?

287/26 over Togwotee Pass is open. You cannot go north on 89/191 into Grand Teton nor Yellowstone, but you can come from Cody, over Togwotee Pass, and south along 89/191 into Jackson and around to Teton Village Road (Hwy 390). The Moose-Wilson Road is closed that goes through Grand Teton south towards Teton Village, but you can access Teton Village from Hwy 22 to 390.

You shouldn't have any problem with our without a government shutdown on 10/3.

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14. Re: Government shutdown?

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15. Re: Government shutdown?

Not to be overlooked is access to a small portion of Yellowstone by driving north on 191 from West Yellowstone. That road passes through about 20 miles of the park, without any entrance gates. It's a nice drive and there are several trails that head farther east into the park.

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16. Re: Government shutdown?

Hi,

Your alternative will be driving 5 hours to Jackson through Riverton, WY where you go west on US 26. If you want to stop and stay an extra night, I highly suggest Thermopolis, Wy. They have hot springs in that town and a very good museum - http://www.wyodino.org/. Your other alternative would be Dubois, Wy which is very quaint/nice. It also offers good access to the Wind River Range which has beautiful hikes that equal if not better YNP/GTNP in some situations.

Here is your map - http://mapq.st/1aJorWo

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17. Re: Government shutdown?

Anyone knows if the park is open?

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18. Re: Government shutdown?

ikka87.......The government shutdown is still in effect so all national parks are still closed.

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19. Re: Government shutdown?

Feeling for the travelers in limbo and for local businesses. I called for a lodging reservation for next year and encountered a friendly person who has dealt with cancelling reservations for several days now. This will certainly affect their 2013 profitability to loose so much business at the end of their tourist season. This has me thinking that part of my 2014 trip planning needs to be researching alternatives in the event of forest fires or argumentative politicians. Thanks to everyone pitching in with ideas for our fall travelers!

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20. Re: Government shutdown?

Plan B, with paper maps available, is always a good idea. Even without the current shutdown, the winter storm might have caused road closures the end of last week.

Pam