California’s national parks returning to normal operations |

California’s national parks returning to normal operations

Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, unidentified visitors stand at Taft Point in California's Yosemite National Park. A man who died after falling into a river at Yosemite National Park on Christmas Day has been identified. Mariposa County coroner's officials say he was Joshua Brock Conner of Lakeview, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers, File)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — California’s signature national parks are getting back to normal operations following the 35-day partial federal government shutdown.

Yosemite National Park’s entrance stations were staffed by rangers on Monday to collect fees and provide information.

Elsewhere in the Sierra Nevada, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks said they would resume regular winter season operations Tuesday.

In the deserts, staff is back at work at Death Valley and Joshua Tree, although the parks advise that not all functions or areas will be immediately back to normal for reasons including the need to flush and test water systems and clear storm debris.

Operations have also resumed in the huge Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area west of Los Angeles but large areas remain closed due to damage from the Woolsey wildfire.

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