Normal operations, including regular visitor center hours, have resumed in most areas of Redwood National Park now that the federal government has reopened.
The Hiouchi Information Center is expected to reopen today, according to a National Park Service press release. The Kuchel Visitor Center near Orick opened Monday, and the Crescent City Information Center opened Sunday, according to the release.
All Redwood National and State Park visitor centers, with the exception of the Crescent City facility, are open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week. The Crescent City Information Center is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the winter season, according to the press release.
Most day-use and outdoor areas of the park are re-opened to the public, according to the press release. However, permits for vehicle access to the Tall Trees Grove trailhead will continue to be unavailable until park staff can assess road conditions.
During the partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, California State Parks maintenance crews stepped in to clean restrooms and collect trash at a handful of sites on Redwood National Park land. According to Brett Silver, acting sector superintendent for Redwood National and State Parks, these sites included the Enderts Beach overlook, Lady Bird Johnson Grove and the rest area near the Kuchel Visitor Center near Orick.
Meanwhile, the Redwood Parks Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that supports Redwood National and State Parks, the Smith River National Recreation Area and other state parks on the North Coast, added an extra staff member to handle an increase in visitors to the center at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
The Prairie Creek visitor center was the only place within Redwood National and State Parks for people to seek information during the government shutdown, Joanna DiTommaso, the conservancy’s development director, told the Triplicate in December.
In its statement issued Sunday, Redwood National Park officials thanked California State Parks and the Redwood Parks Conservancy for their support during the government shutdown. Since they are managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and Prairie Creek remained open during the shutdown.
“Redwood National Park’s employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks,” the statement read.
For updated information about Redwood National Park, visit www.nps.gov/redw.