Utah National Parks to Reopen!

Disappointed travelers and reeling local businesses got some good news Thursday morning.
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Disappointed travelers and reeling local businesses got some good news Thursday morning: Utah’s five national parks, two national monuments, and one national recreation area will reopen despite the federal shutdown.

Utah governor Gary R. Herbert struck a deal with the Obama administration to open the state’s parks on Utah’s dime for at least the next 10 days. At press time, the parks are set to start opening their gates Saturday, October 12 and be fully operational by Sunday. That means Zion, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, and Bryce Canyon National Parks are once again open for business, as well as Cedar Breaks and Natural Bridge National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The governors of Arizona, South Dakota, and Colorado have all asked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for similar deals. Stay tuned for word on whether these states also work out a plan to reopen their iconic parks—including Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain.

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