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An US Park Ranger sets up a sign announcing the closure of Joshua Tree National Park, in Joshua Tree, California on October 2, 2013, the second day of the US government shutdown. Hundreds of tourists staying in landmark US national parks like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon face a deadline October 3, 2013 to leave due to the government shutdown.
The federal government shut down three days ago. That shutdown includes 26 National Park properties, including nine of the biggest, such as Yosemite. A big disappointment for anyone making the trip to visit one.
Tourists are already at a bit of a loss, and the stalemate could also negatively affect the economies of towns near the parks. Here to explain what's happening and offer alternatives to would-be visitors is KPCC's environment reporter, Molly Peterson.