Rocky Mountain National Park

10:56am

Fri October 11, 2013
Shutdown

Some States Allowed To Reopen National Parks — And Foot The Bill

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:16 pm

Dawn at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park is a favorite moment for photographers from all over the world. They'll soon be able to return to the park, given Utah's deal with the Interior Department to fund park operations.
Courtesy of Wanda Gayle

"This is a godsend!" exclaimed Utah Gov. Gary Herbert late Thursday night, as he signed an agreement with the Department of the Interior to use state funds to reopen eight national park areas in his state for at least 10 days.

The Republican governor wasted no time in wiring $1.67 million to Washington overnight so that some of the areas can open as early as today. Rangers and other National Park Service employees will staff the parks as usual.

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11:00am

Thu October 10, 2013
Shutdown

Report: Parks Shutdown Saps $750 Million In Visitor Spending

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 12:28 pm

A hiker gazes 3,000 feet down to the Colorado River at Toroweap Overlook in Grand Canyon National Park. A parks advocacy group says the Grand Canyon region has lost 120,000 visitors and $11 million in visitor spending since the government shutdown began.
Courtesy of Wanda Gayle

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.

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12:30pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Government Shutdown

After Enduring Floods, Estes Park Now Faces Government Shutdown

With Rocky Mountain National Park closed due to the government shutdown, Estes Park is struggling to get visitors to travel to the town.
Credit F. Delventhal / Flickr - Creative Commons

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.

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2:29pm

Thu September 26, 2013

6:49am

Wed September 18, 2013
Colorado Flood

Uncertainty Follows Floodwaters For Tourism Dependent Estes

A disappearing road shown just outside Estes Park
Luke Runyon KUNC

The town of Estes Park was dealt a harsh blow in the recent rain and subsequent flooding that hit Colorado’s Front Range. The town is still essentially cut off, with few ways in and out. For a town dependent on tourism, limited access means fewer dollars being spent.

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