V.I. National Park Accessible to Public During Government Shutdown; Some Services Not Available

Honeymoon and Hawksnest beaches at Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. (National Park Service photo)
Honeymoon and Hawksnest beaches at Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. (National Park Service photo)

Because of the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, beaches and trails at Virgin Islands National Park will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited, according to a press release from the National Park Service (NPS).

There will be virtually no NPS-provided visitor services at V.I. National Park, including public information, restrooms, trash collection as well as facilities and roads maintenance. Some approved limited services may be available when provided by the Friends of Virgins Islands National Park, concessioners or other entities at Cruz Bay, Honeymoon Beach and Trunk Bay.

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled.

“The support of our friends, visitors and local business community has been a tremendous help, particularly during our busy season,” said Superintendent Nigel Fields. “We’ll need everyone’s help in protecting the park’s natural and cultural resources while the park staff are furloughed.”

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Due to non-federal funding support offered by the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, restroom and shower facilities will be available at Trunk Bay for at least the first seven days of the partial government shutdown. Visitor orientation and restroom service will also be available at Cruz Bay. Daily trash removal will only take place at those two locations in the park.

For updates on the shutdown, visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

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