Rocky Mountain National Park Will Reopen This Saturday [Oct. 10, 2013]
Rocky Mountain National Park has been shut down because of the federal governments shutdown, but today Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced the park will reopen tomorrow. The good news is the park will be open, the not-so-good news is that it will have to be paid for by Colorado taxpayers.
According to KDVR, the state plans to keep the park open through the remainder of the federal shutdown at a cost of $40,300 per day. That money will come from the Colorado Tourism Office and they will try and seek reimbursement from the federal government. Along with the park opening, Trail Ridge Road will also reopen as soon as the highway can be plowed.
This was posted to the Rocky Mountain National Park’s Facebook page today:
Very grateful to report that Gov. John W. Hickenlooper announced today RMNP will reopen on Saturday! The state will pay for the park to stay open as long as the federal government is shut down. HOORAY for progress!
— John Hickenlooper (@hickforco) October 11, 2013