JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 The federal government partial shutdown, which began this weekend, is expected to affect some services pertaining to national parks and forest managed by Washington, DC. The real effect will more likely be noticed on Monday.\r\n\r\nThe National Elk Refuge (USFWS) appears to be most ahead of the game as it announced contingency plans yesterday in the event a temporary deal could not be reached to extend the budget. NER operates the Visitor Center and, along with the Chamber, all efforts will be made to keep things running in Jackson.\r\n\r\nThe Chamber of Commerce passed along the following:\r\n\r\n \tThe Home Ranch Welcome Center, located at 210 N. Cache Street, will temporarily operate as the visitor\u2019s center with Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce agents from 9am-5pm\r\n \tThe Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, located at 260 W. Broadway, will be open and operating over the weekend and answering phones from 9am-5pm\r\n \tSleigh riders are encouraged to continue parking at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, two blocks north of the Home Ranch Welcome Center, and walk to the temporary sleigh ride ticket sales location.\r\n \tGrand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park will currently remain open with no expected services until there has been a resolution\r\n\r\nNational Elk Refuge\r\n\r\n \tThe Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson, will remain closed until further notice. This includes the postponement of any scheduled educational programs at the facility. General travel and area information will be available from the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce\u2019s main office at 260 W. Broadway or their satellite location in the Home Ranch Welcome Center, located at 210 N. Cache Street. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce can also be reached at (307) 733-3316.\r\n \tThe National Elk Refuge\u2019s web site at\u00a0fws.gov\/refuge\/National_Elk_Refuge\u00a0will not be updated in the interim and may be temporarily taken off-line. Refuge staff will not be posting to social media sites.\r\n \tThe Refuge Road will remain open as a travel corridor and access road to private lands. A Winter Wildlife Viewing Guide for travelers on the Refuge Road or North Highway 89\/191 overlooks provides key information to minimize harm to wildlife and will also be available at the Home Ranch Welcome Center at 210 N. Cache Street.\r\n \tBison hunting on the National Elk Refuge will continue as scheduled through January 31, 2018. Hunters will be allowed into Refuge hunt areas if they have a current permit and valid matching license. Questions related to bison hunting can be directed to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department\u2019s Jackson Office at 420 N. Cache Street or (307) 733-2321.\r\n\r\nIt is less clear what the National Park Service or US Forest Service are prepared to do in the event of a government shutdown. For the most part, critical services and public safety operations would continue. Concessionaires operating on public land would likely be allowed to continue their business.\r\nGrand Teton National Park\r\nIn response to the lapse in federal appropriations, Grand Teton National Park is implementing its plan for a government shutdown. Government-operated facilities in the park will be closed. Visitors will be able to access the park, though no visitor services will be available.\r\nGrand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said, "Visitors will be able to access Grand Teton National Park, but should plan ahead and use caution as park staff will not be available to provide guidance or assistance. If visitors see something that jeopardizes visitor safety or park resources, call Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3301."\r\n\r\n \tPark roads will remain open if they are essential to respond to emergencies-this includes most roads that are normally maintained and open at this time of year. Access to all residences will be maintained.\r\n \tEmergency response will generally not be available.\r\n \tEntrance stations will not be staffed.\r\n \tRanger-led snowshoe hikes will not be available.\r\n \tGrooming of the Teton Park Road will continue through a partnership agreement with Grand Teton National Park Foundation. Grooming is scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays depending on snow and weather conditions.\r\n \tTeton Interagency Dispatch Center will be available during normal winter hours-6 am to 10 pm\u00a0daily. Emergency 911 calls outside those hours will be directed to Teton County Dispatch as usual.\r\n \tPark website and social media sites will not be maintained.\r\n \tConcessioners and Commercial Use Authorization holders may continue to provide visitor services after coordination with the park to ensure compliance with government shutdown protocols.\r\n \tAccess to Yellowstone National Park's south entrance will continue, including staging and winter services available at Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch in John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.\r\n\r\nYellowstone National Park\r\nGovernment-run operations and facilities are closed. Visitors can access the road from Gardiner to the Northeast Entrance and all the commercial services along that route. Visitors can also access commercial services in the interior of the park (e.g. at Old Faithful) only as long as concessioners provide funds for road grooming. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, still apply. Guided snowmobile trips with commercial operators will be allowed, however, non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will not be allowed during the shutdown. If conditions become unsafe at any time, roads and\/or developed areas in the park will be closed. The park will provide limited emergency response.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tGovernment-run operations and facilities are closed. Entrance stations will not be staffed.\r\n \tVisitors driving wheeled vehicles can access the road from Gardiner to the Northeast Entrance and all the commercial services along that route (including commercial services in Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower).\r\n \tVisitors can also access commercial services in the interior of the park (e.g. at Old Faithful) only as long as concessioners provide funds for road grooming.\r\n \tAll park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, still apply. Guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips with commercial operators will be allowed, however, non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will not be allowed during the shutdown.\r\n \tIf conditions become unsafe at any time, roads and\/or developed areas in the park will be closed.\r\n \tThe park will provide limited emergency response.\r\n \tThe park website and social media sites will not be maintained.\r\n \tThe public affairs office will be closed until the government reopens.