7 people have died in national parks during shutdown; that's not unusual

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If the government shutdown continues, Bhatti told CNN the group will be looking for more parks to clean and more ways to help areas impacted by the shutdown.

"It's hard to see why allowing parks to tap fee revenue to keep popular parks open during a government shutdown would be anything other than a sensible policy - and one that is largely consistent with the origins of the current National Park Service fee program", Regan said.

"Due to the unavailability of park staff to provide essential public services and ensure continued road safety for visitors, this closure to public vehicles is expected to continue until further notice", park officials said in a release.

Having planned her Utah trip six months ago and finding so much redrock country closed when she and her husband arrived, she said she was angry about the shutdown.

Congressional Democrats and some park advocates question whether the park-fee move is legal, because the fees that parks collect under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act are designated to support visitor services instead of operations and basic maintenance.

Litter overflows in a D.C. park during the government shutdown.

Even though Joshua Tree National Park has received overwhelming amounts of care from the local community, the cost of keeping a park maintained are at the expense of people's both personal finances and time. The agency said previously that it would seek to keep parks "as accessible as possible" during the funding lapse.

In the coming days the NPS will begin to use these funds to clean up trash that has built up at numerous parks, clean and maintain restrooms, bring additional law enforcement rangers into parks to patrol accessible areas, and to restore accessibility to areas that would typically be accessible this time of year. "I want to see our parks open, but I want to see our entire government open the right way, following the law".

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The National Park Service warned visitors that staff would not be available in case of emergency.

On Sunday, the National Park Service released a statement that they will be pulling from the funds derived from entrance, camping, parking and other miscellaneous park fees to put towards staffing of select parks, although which parks and the amount of money has yet to be specified.

She said it was especially concerning given the fact that many of these parks have already lost a significant amount of park fee money - sometimes in the millions of dollars - by not collecting fees over the holiday season, when many of them have increased visitors.

Parks supporters called the administration's move misguided. "Draining accounts dry is not the answer".

Sunday's announcement was met with criticism from some corners.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that by seeking to keep parks open through the shutdown, the Trump administration had broken with the Clinton and Obama administrations, which cut off access to parks when funding elapsed.

The Journal contributed to this article.

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