Oct. 1, 2013
As Congress failed to agree on a budget and President Obama’s healthcare law, parts of the federal government have started shutting down, with stoppages felt by Southern California residents and across the nation.
One of the most jarring repercussions is the impending closure of 401 national parks that include Yosemite and Joshua Tree, among others.
“Anyone who’s hoping to arrive, even for a day visit, would see gates closed and would be turned away,” said Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service. “There won’t be any access.”