North Dakota parks stay open, mostly

North Dakota’s national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures during the federal government shutdown due to the appropriations lapse.
Park roads, lookouts, and trails at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is mostly closed. There are no NPS-provided visitor services at all North Dakota national park sites including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance.
Emergency services are not available. NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions because of the federal government shutdown, and all park interpretive programs, such as educational distance learning programs, have been canceled.
Hiking trails at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site are open. The visitor center and earthlodge exhibit are closed. The Bodmer Overlook Trail and other trails outside of the fort walls at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site are accessible. The fort and visitor center are closed. At Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the North Unit Scenic Drive is open to the Caprock Coulee Trailhead and is open to foot traffic beyond the vehicle traffic closure. In the park’s South Unit, East River Road and the Scenic Drive are open to vehicles, as long as weather permits. Visitor centers are closed. All hiking trails remain open. The public should be aware that while the parks will remain as accessible as possible, winter weather conditions may change quickly and roads may become impassable. Local road conditions are available at In case of emergency, visitors should call 911. For updates on the shutdown, please visit

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