Reopening with state dollars after the government shutdown, Rocky Mountain National Park saw about 10,200 visitors this past weekend.
Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 12:28 pm
An estimated 7 million people have been shut out at 12 of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks, costing parks and nearby communities about $76 million in lost visitor spending for each day the partial government shutdown drags on.
The ongoing shutdown of the federal government is casting doubt on the ability of the federal Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC to stay open in some states.
A new analysis from the Regional Economics Institute at Colorado State University says a decline in tourist activity in Estes Park could ripple through the rest of the state's economy.
Estes Park officials are stressing the town is open for business despite recent flooding and the forced closure of Rocky Mountain National Park due to the government shutdown.