Coloradoans and visitors continued the autumn tradition of viewing changing colors and wildlife, then stopping in Estes Park for lunch and shopping for treasures.

Rocky Mountain National Park reopened on Saturday, after the State of Colorado agreed to pay operating costs. Trail Ridge Road will also reopen as soon as the highway can be plowed to help with ongoing flood recovery efforts in Estes Park and Larimer County.

"This reopening is critical to ongoing recovery efforts after last month’s flooding," Gov. John Hickenlooper said. "Trail Ridge Road provides a vital access point to Estes Park. Plus, the reopening of the park will help businesses in the area that have suffered a one-two punch after the flooding and federal government shutdown."

The state will pay for the park to stay open as long as the federal government is shut down. It will cost  $40,300 a day to pay for U.S. National Park Service employees to operate the park.

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