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National Parks and Monuments Update

NEW UPDATE:

October 11, 2013

Governor Jan Brewer Negotiates Deal to Reopen Grand Canyon

PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer today negotiated an agreement with the U.S. Department of Interior to reopen Grand Canyon National Park using state and local funds amid the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Reopening the Park has been a core focus of the Governor since the initial threat of the shutdown weeks ago.

"I'm gratified the Obama administration agreed to reverse its policy and allow Arizona to reopen Grand Canyon, Arizona's most treasured landmark and a crucial driver of revenue to the state," said Governor Brewer.

"With a long weekend in front of us, I am thrilled Grand Canyon will be open and fully operational – not only for our national and global travelers who have long-awaited to experience one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders, but for the nearby businesses and communities whose livelihood depends on the tourism it attracts. I must especially acknowledge Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan, who has pledged private and town dollars to see this park reopened. I also thank the Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona Department of Administration, the Arizona State Treasurer and private businesses for their leadership and contributions to this important effort.

"While this deal will buy us some time and bring back lost revenue to the state, I would hope our elected officials in Washington move urgently to negotiate an immediate end to this government standstill. Arizona is doing what it can to keep the Grand Canyon up and running, but we cannot pay the federal government's tab for long. That said, I am proud to announce Grand Canyon will be open for business for the Columbus Day weekend."

Under the agreement negotiated by Governor Brewer, the state will pay the National Park Service $651,000 – $93,000 per-day – to reopen Grand Canyon and fully fund park operations for up to at least seven days using state and other monies. The State of Arizona urges its congressional delegation to secure reimbursement of all state dollars used to reopen Grand Canyon. The state will continue to assess next steps if the federal shutdown has not ended in those seven days.

Visit http://www.arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit/grand-canyon for ideas on what to see and do at the Grand Canyon.

 

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As of Oct.1, 2013, the federal government has shut down impacting the national parks and monuments. Visitors currently staying in accommodations in the parks, will have 48 hours to make alternative arrangements and depart the park. No new visitors will be allowed to enter and National Park Service facilities will be closed. The concessionaires will be allowed to keep the concessions open until the guests depart within 48 hours. Below is information more specific to the Grand Canyon National Park. 

Please note that Arizona’s State Park system will remain open. Please visit http://arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit/arizona-parks-monuments  or  http://azstateparks.com/ for more information about Arizona’s State Parks. 

Grand Canyon

State Highway 64 is closed. Cars will not be allowed to stop and national park roads, trails and overlooks will be barricaded. 

Air tours can continue to operate if the companies (primarily Papillon and Maverik) choose to do so.

Visitors in campgrounds above and below the rim will have 48 hours to leave the park. There is no way to notify visitors in the back country, but once they leave the park they will not be allowed to re-enter. 

All recreational activities will stop. Visitors already in the park will not have access to mule rides, and/or trails.

Those with river permits will not be allowed to begins trips, but those who are currently on trips will be allowed to complete them. 

Other iconic locations that will be open include: 

  • Grand Canyon West will remain open as it operates on Hualapai Tribal Land.
  • Monument Valley
  • Sedona
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument - Is operated jointly with the Navajo Nation. Campgrounds will remain open; however, the visitor center will be closed. Thunderbird Lodge will remain open and tours will continue to operate. 

Instead of Grand Canyon Railway:

  • Verde Canyon Railroad from Clarkdale

Camping and RV parks near the Grand Canyon include:

  • Williams
  • Flagstaff

Below is a listing of the national parks and monuments closed as a result of the shutdown and a listing of alternate destinations that visitors can still experience. 

Saguaro National Park – will be closed

Other natural attractions in southern Arizona which will remain open include:

  • Arizona Sonora Desert Museum 
  • Catalina State Park
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • Tohono Chul Park 

Petrified Forest National Park – will be closed

Other attractions in the area that will remain open include:

  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • Holbrook Historic Courthouse
  • Rock Art Canyon Ranch

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Is operated jointly with the Navajo Nation. Campgrounds will remain open; however, the visitor center will be closed. Thunderbird Lodge will remain open and tours will continue to operate.

Northern Arizona NPS sites - will be closed

For more information on attractions around National Park Service sites in Northern Arizona, please visit http://arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit/northern-arizona

Tuzigoot National Monument – will be closed

Other ancient Native American sites in the area which will remain open include:

  • Homolovi State Park near Winslow
  • Casa Malapais in Springerville

Navajo National Monument – will be closed 

Other ancient Native American sites in the area which will remain open include:

  • Canyon de Chelly
  • Casa Malapais in Springerville
  • Rock Art Canyon Ranch near Winslow

Wupatki National Monument –will be closed

Other ancient Native American sites in the area which will remain open include:

  • Canyon de Chelly
  • Casa Malapais in Springerville
  • Homolovi State Park near Winslow
  • Rock Art Canyon Ranch near Winslow

Sunset Crater National Monument – will be closed

Other attractions in the area that will remain open include:

  • Meteor Crater

Ganado Trading Post National Monument – will be closed

Other Trading Posts in Northern Arizona:  http://arizonaguide.com/experience-and-share/featured-article/arizonas-trading-posts 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – will be closed

Other attractions in the area that will remain open include:

  • Antelope Canyon

North-Central Arizona NPS Sites - will be closed

For more information on attractions around NPS sites in Northern Arizona, visit http://arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit/north-central-arizona 

Sedona Update

Montezuma Castle National Monument – will be closed 

Other ancient Native American sites in the area which will remain open include:

  • Besh Be Gowah Archeological Site

Tonto National Monument – will be closed

Other ancient Native American sites in the area which will remain open include:

  • Besh Be Gowah Archeological Site

Southern Arizona NPS Sites - will be closed

For more information on attractions around NPS site in Southern Arizona, visit http://arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit/tucson-southern-arizona 

Fort Bowie Historic Site – will be closed 

Chiricahua National Monument – will be closed

  • Slaughter Ranch Museum

Coronado National Memorial – will be closed

  • Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument– will be closed

Other places to view the desert or Sonoran Desert flora and fauna which will remain open include:

  • Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
  • Tohono Chul Park
  • Catalina State Park 

Tumacacori National Historic Monument – will be closed

Other area historic attractions which will remain open include:

  • Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
  • Mission San Xavier del Bac 

Arizona’s West Coast NPS sites - will be closed

For more information on attractions around NPS sites in Arizona’s West Coast, visit http://arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit/arizona-s-west-coast 

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – will be closed

Other water activity areas which will remain open include:

  • Bullhead City
  • Lake Havasu City 

Pipe Springs National Monument – will be closed 

Phoenix and Central Arizona NPS sites - will be closed

For more information on attractions around NPS sites in the Phoenix area, visit http://arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit/phoenix-central-arizona

Casa Grande National Monument – will be closed 

 

Additional information on what visitors can see and do in Arizona can always be found at www.arizonaguide.com

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