Thanks for an agreement signed earlier today, October 11, by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, eight national parks in that state will stay open for upcoming Columbus Day holiday. Herbert signed papers to put nearly $200,000 into park operations for up to 10 days. A release from national park concessioner Forever Resorts’ that was emailed out today said that both The Lodge at Bryce Canyon and house boating operations at Antelope Point Marina on Lake Powell will stay open because of the governor’s action.
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis reports he has told the superintendents in Utah’s parks to round up staff and reopen. According to Jarvis, discussions are underway with governor’s offices in Arizona, South Dakota, Colorado, Virginia and New York. Forever Resorts’ Cedar Pass Lodge at Badlands National Park in South Dakota and Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim in Arizona were set to close Oct. 15 for the season, reopening for the 2014 season in April and May, respectively.
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