Geysers yes, Ellis Island no: Some US parks open, some not

  • David Zalubowski / Associated Press

    Garrett Akol, front, and Byron Thompson, both of Boulder, Colo., prepare to ski at Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday in Estes Park, Colo. Despite a government shutdown, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Yosemite National Park in California were open, but few Park Service staff were available to help visitors.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Visitors could still ride snowmobiles and ski into Yellowstone National Park Saturday to marvel at the geysers and buffalo herds, despite the federal government shutdown.