Housing / Land Use

Government shutdown affects local public lands

Pinnacles National Park East entrance is closed. West entrance has limited services.

Updated information. The federal government shutdown still occurring, Pinnacles National Park is closed. Other federal operations in San Benito County are working with limited services and schedules.

The East and West entrances of Pinnacles National Park are currently closed but additional information is not available. 

Public information centers like entrance stations and visitor centers will not be staffed. Scheduled ranger-led programs will not be taking place. There will be no updates on road and weather conditions during the shutdown. The Pinnacles website is not being updated at this time. https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/federal-shutdown-information.htm

The National Park Service says that park websites might not reflect local conditions, as those pages are not being maintained during the shutdown.

All Bureau of Land Management public land is still open. Campgrounds are open, but are not maintained. Restrooms will not be cleaned during the shutdown.

Tom Holmes, a ranger with the Central Coast Field Office, cautions that while law enforcement officers are working, “We have four counties to cover.”

The San Benito Resource Conservation District office is open, however the local district works closely with the National Resource Conservation Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, both of which are closed.

The U.S. Postal Service is not affected by the shutdown.

For more information on the government shutdown check here.



Carmel de Bertaut

Carmel has a BA in Natural Sciences/Biodiversity Stewardship from San Jose State University and an AA in Communications Studies from West Valley Community College. She reports on science and the environment, arts and human interest pieces. Carmel has worked in the ecological and communication fields and is an avid creative writer and hiker. She has been reporting for BenitoLink since May, 2018 and covers Science and the Environment and Arts and Culture.