COLORADO – Continuing our coverage of the partial federal government shutdown, it doesn’t look like the state is going to be footing the bill to open up Rocky Mountain National Park.
During the last shutdown in 2013, the Colorado Tourism Office agreed to pay $362,000 to open the park for ten days.
That closure was one month after that part of the state was devastated by floods. The shutdown was hitting right when the leaves were changing and tourist flock for leaf peeping.
“When the leaves are changing in Estes Park and in Rocky Mountain National Park, that’s part of the best sales period for all of those small businesses. I think now, after the holidays, a shutdown, it’s not as dire, still serious, these are people’s lives, right?,” explained Governor Hickenlooper today.