Update: 11:31 a.m. The National Park Service website is unavailable along with certain federal government websites due to the federal government shut down.
Google changed its homepage logo on Tuesday to celebrate the 123rd anniversary of Yosemite National Park, and that might be the best way to mark the occasion since the park itself had to shut down after the House and Senate failed to reach an agreement over a government spending bill. Yosemite and other federal parks, as well as other "non-essential" federal agencies, were ordered to shut down as of 12 a.m. EDT Oct. 1.
Tuesday’s Google Doodle features several boy scout-type patches featuring different elements of the park, including campgrounds, Mariposa Grove, the John Muir Trail, Junior Ranger programs and the National Park Service. In the center of the doodle is the Google logo imposed on a patch with the Half Dome granite dome formation featured in the middle. Below the Google logo are other natural-formation attractions such El Capitan and the iconic U-shaped valley.
Yosemite National Park spans the central eastern portion of California. In 1890, the park was established after the passage of a bill in the United States Congress that proposed creating a federally controlled and managed park that surrounded the Yosemite Grant, a plot of land set aside by the government in 1864 for preservation and public use. Yosemite National Park sees on average hundreds of thousands of visitors each month, especially between April to October, its peak visiting season according to statistics from the National Park Service.