NPS Update on Government Shutdown
Plenty of National Parks in the Southwest are at least partially open (*Utah and Arizona had contingency plans to keep their most popular parks fully open using state funds). National Park sites that are historic, have delicate resources (Petrified Forest National Park, Casa Grande National Monument)
are completely closed. Other parks are open, but with no visitor services. For example, you can hike at Saguaro National Park, but don't expect to pay a fee, buy food, talk to a ranger, or enter the visitor center.
Sadly for me. White Sands National Monument being adjacent to military facilities is 100% locked up and padlocked. I've been there before, but it was so enjoyable to explore I was really looking forward to a second visit. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is not closed fully as you can access all roads and hike in the park, but all caves are closed. So, I just might be the only world heritage enthusiast that explored and hiked several miles outside the caves! Some aspects of the national park outside the caves are included in the criteria for inscription, Advisory Body Evaluation, and so on. I suppose this is better than nothing.
Ironically, if my wife and I had brought the necessary travel documents we would have crossed the border to get the hell out of the USA and see the Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes!
How about you meltwaterfalls? How are your plans evolving? I hope this dysfunctional country has not left you in miserable circumstances?https://www.abqjournal.com/1260694/access-to-parks-in-us-southwest-a-mixed-bag-during -shutdown.html