National parks open soon in at least four states thanks to state funding. An agreement was made with the Obama administration to allow some parks to reopen in four western states so far. According to United Press International on Oct. 11 Utah and three other states have made requests.
The state came to an agreement with U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to open all five parks, as well as three other federally run sites, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday.
National parks open in Utah as early as today or Saturday. Parks include Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef, plus Natural Bridges and Cedar Breaks national monuments and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (GCNRA). The state will pay the National Park Service $1.67 million to keep the sites open for 10 days.
The National parks open in Utah is great news as the fall season is their busiest. Approximately $100 million in revenue comes during October thanks to tourism. Other states that made similar requests include Colorado, Arizona and South Dakota.
My personal experience with the issue of National parks being open happened this past weekend; San Francisco was experiencing some unseasonably warm weather with temperatures reaching into the 80s on Sunday. I was walking around Chrissy Field in The Presidio, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), but is part of the shutdown. There were far more people enjoying themselves than usual. Unfortunately thanks to services being unavailable, there were no bathrooms open, drinks available, or trash removal. The dumpsters were full to overflowing already. The Warming hut cafe, which is located at a strategic point near the famous Golden Gate Bridge, was closed, as were the bathroom facilities nearby. Hopefully California can work out a similar deal soon.
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