Utah national parks update

Zion National Park Photo credit: U.S. Department of Transportation.

Utah National Parks only have enough money to keep visitor centers open until the end of January, according to the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

While the partial government shutdown stretches into its second month, the State of Utah said it is working on defining a long-term strategy for national parks funding in case the shutdown continues for several months. According to the report, the state has spent $66,000 of the $80,000 it has authorized for parks.

Below is an update on the current status of each of Utah’s national parks:

• Zion: The visitor center will be open through Jan. 30 supported by contributions from the state and local entities.
• Bryce: The Bryce Canyon Natural History Association intends to support the operation of the Bryce Canyon visitor center through Jan. 30.
• Arches: Canyonlands Natural History Association paid for the visitor centers at Arches to be open through Jan. 30.
• Canyonlands: Canyonlands Natural History Association paid for the visitor centers at the Island in the Sky District to be open through Jan. 30.
• Capitol Reef: The Fruita campground is open, but restrooms are closed except for the vault toilet. The scenic drive is closed.

As of January 21, the partial federal government shutdown’s impact on Utah remains primarily to state national park access and support services.

The report states no other significant fiscal or operational impacts are anticipated through the end of the February.

The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget will share a long-term strategy for Utah’s approach to the shutdown on January 28 if no resolution is reached in Washington, D.C. before then.

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