National parks in some state, which were supposed to close down when the government shutdown occurred, have been saved. According to Yahoo News on Oct. 10, the Obama administration will allow states to pay to reopen some of the national parks shut down during the government shutdown.
There have been at least four states who have asked to reopen their national parks to prevent the economic impacts they would face by losing the tourism due to closures. October is one of the biggest months of the year for tourism to national parks.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that their national parks on Friday. According to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, they inked a deal that will amount to $167,000 a day to the Interior Department to reopen their parks. He said that the money they spend will be well worth it to keep their state economy from collapsing due to the lost revenue the closed parks would incur.
Gov. Herbert also said he hopes to be repaid by the federal government when it reopens. They spent enough money to keep their five national parks open for 10 more days.
According to CBS Denver, the Colorado government had an even more pressing issue with the national parks closures. Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park is an access point for Estes Park and provides the town with two points of entry following recent flooding.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office said they were working with the federal government to reopen the road and that they will consider paying for it, but the federal government refuses to surrender control of the national parks to the states.