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Shutdown closes national parks, sites in Texas

Written by , published October 1, 2013

If you're planning a trip to one of the national parks or other federal sites in Texas, you'll want to take note of the ongoing shutdown of the federal government.

The funding lapse resulting from the shutdown has resulted in the closure of Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Big Bend National Park, among other sites.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park issued a press release Tuesday saying that all visitor facilities are closed, including the Pine Springs Visitor Center, campgrounds, and park roads, with the exception of US 62/180 through the park.

The park hosts 595 visitors on average each day in October, officials said. Visitors have until 5 p.m. Thursday to leave the park.

The park is suspending repair work to trails and roads that were damaged in recent flash-flooding during the shutdown.

“In addition, all park programs and special events have been canceled, including participation in the Dell Valley Fair and Hudspeth County Chili Fest in neighboring Dell City, and, potentially, Fall Colors, which normally takes place from mid-October through mid-November,” the park said in a news release.

Phone calls to Big Bend National Park went unanswered beyond a recorded message.

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