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The Government's Still Shutdown, But States Are Opening National Parks

October 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM | by | ()

Here in the nifty fifty, we enter another week in which our government is out of order and services, departments, and centers continue to be closed. Last week we mentioned that one state was getting sick and tired of things, and now it looks like they’re not the only ones. Regardless of the bickering in the government , some states are taking the high road, as they’re working to open national parks, monuments, and other tourist hotspots.

Up first is the state of Utah, which plans to fund the opening of its five national parks. Utah has agreed to shell out around $165,000 per day to the National Park Service for the next ten days or so to open up Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion parks.

In New York City it’s the Statue of Liberty that’s reopening this week, as the state is coughing up roughly $60,000 per day to keep the torch lit. Arizona is opening up the Grand Canyon to visitors, and again, they’re doing it through private donations and state funding.

Mount Rushmore is back in business starting today as well over in South Dakota, and Colorado is opening its doors too, including the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park.

So if you’re in the middle of a national parks tour—fear not—as it looks like some of them are finally back in business for the next week or so. Hopefully the government will get its act together and fund things again shortly. However, even when it does, there won't be any refunds issued to the States who chose to fund the parks and monuments unless Congress authorizes things otherwise. So maybe be kind and buy a souvenir or two to help out the local economy.

[Photo: Rob Lee]

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