The partial federal government shutdown, now in its fifth
day, has affected national parks unevenly, some still accessible with
bare-bones staffing levels, some operating with money from states or charitable
groups, and others locked off.
Arizona and Utah officials implemented plans to keep open
Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks and provide
services such as public restrooms, shuttles and trash collection. Concession
operations such as lodges remained open, and Utah's money for parks in that
state included visitor centers.
Among sites closed outright: in the southwest alone,
Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern
New Mexico, White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico, Petrified
National Forest National Park in northern Arizona and Casa Grande Ruins
National Monument in south-central Arizona.
Federal workers at the government agencies affected by partial
shutdown go unpaid as long as the shutdown lasts. They are expected to get retroactive
pay once the impasse is broken.
The partial shutdown has not affected air or train travel,
as air traffic controllers, TSA agents and Amtrak personnel remain on the job.
TSA agents are currently working without pay.