Despite the U.S shutdown Utah’s National Parks to open Saturday with the help of the State. The Federal Government shutdown which began last Tuesday included national parks and U.S. Forest Service offices and sites.
Utah’s national parks set to keep open include, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks are Cedar Breaks and Natural Bridges national monuments and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which includes Lake Powell.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports, that ten days after a federal government deadlock shut down Utah’s national parks, bleeding tourism-dependent businesses and towns, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert inked a deal late Thursday and wired funds to the Interior Department that should have park gates swinging open by Saturday morning.
In New Jersey, one national park remains open, The Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. The National Park Service has not yet acquired the land; most of it is owned by the Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority.
“It’s a national park, but the city technically controls the land,” explained the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson president Leonard Zax, whose nonprofit played a key role in creating the park two years ago. “The city is open for business.”
Image shown here in the sunny season, Bryce Canyon’s colorful hoodoos are sculpted by snow over thousands of years. Freezing meltwater enlarges cracks to slowly create—and eventually destroy—the towering limestone pinnacles / Photograph by Oleg Slyusarchuk.