USA Today reported that Colorado and Utah are paying to reopen some of the federally operated parks in their state that have been closed as a result of the partial government shutdown.
In Utah has plans to reopen Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks. The state is also paying to reopen the federally operated Natural Bridges and Cedar Breaks national monuments and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Details will be updated on this website.
According to news reports, Colorado has announced that the Rocky Mountain National Park will reopen temporarily, tomorrow, Saturday. There is no news indicating if Mesa Verde, Black Canyon of the Gunnison or Great Sand Dunes National Parks will re-open. There is no notice listed on Colorado.com however, I would recommend contacting the Visitors Bureau for the State with questions.
Arizona and South Dakota-are reportedly considering reopening some of their national parks and monuments as soon as this weekend. And we recently heard that the Grand Canyon National Park will reopen on Saturday.
Again, I would recommend contacting the state tourism folks before traveling.