One of the most visible repercussions of a shutdown would be closure of the 401 national parks — including Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Statue of Liberty.
"Anyone who's hoping to arrive, even for a day visit, would see gates closed and would be turned away," said Mike Litterst, chief spokesman for the National Park Service. "There won't be any access."
Although visitors already at park campgrounds or lodges would get 48 hours to leave, officials warned they might not want to tarry.
"Trails will be closed, overlooks will be closed," said Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, a spokeswoman for Grand Canyon National Park. "There will be no mule rides."
At the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the San Francisco Bay Area, park rangers were preparing to post signs at Muir Woods to turn away visitors. All ferries to Alcatraz would be canceled, absent a resolution to the budget stalemate. "The island will be closed," said Howard Levitt, director of communications for the park. "Boats will not be running there."
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