Roark Bluff, photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

Buffalo National River Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

The Community Bicyclist

(from media release)

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, the river, overlooks, trails and open-air exhibits at Buffalo National River, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. Visitors should report emergencies, hazardous conditions, or damage to park resources to the park’s dispatch center at 1-888-692-1162.

Roark Bluff, photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
Roark Bluff, photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Buffalo National River, including public information, restrooms with water, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance (including snow plowing). Some lodging, restaurants, shuttles, and vessel rentals may be available when provided by concessioners or other authorized entities. Visitors should contact individual companies for hours of operation and current services.  Reservations at Buffalo Point Cabins, for instance, should be confirmed by contacting Buffalo Point Cabins and Restaurant or by visiting their website.

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled, including all ranger-led programs and presentations.

The NPS will not be providing services for NPS-operated campgrounds, including maintenance, janitorial, bathrooms, showers, check-in/check-out, and reservations. However, visitors in NPS-operated campgrounds will not be asked to leave unless safety concerns require such action. Visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available should they arrive during a government shutdown.

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For updates on the shutdown, please visit

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