Grand Canyon is the most popular of eight national parks and 24 national monuments in the Four-Corners Region. When they close, thousands of visitors from around the world suffer inconveniences, and businesses experience devastating economic losses.
“There are entire communities whose hotels, restaurants and tour companies rely heavily on the visitors to survive,” wrote The New York Times.
Tourists spend on average $2.7 million a day at the national parks in Arizona each October, almost half of it at the Grand Canyon, according to an analysis of Park Service statistics by the National Parks Conservation Association.
Colorado Pleateau voices on the effects of the Government Shutdown:
We will continue to add to this list until the government shutdown is resolved.
If there’s an area of the country outside Washington, D.C., that is more affected than Flagstaff by the partial shutdown of the federal government, we’d be surprised.
We started taking cancellations as soon as it looked like (the shutdown) was going through.
Rachel Schmidt, owner of Ceiba Adventures:
October is our busiest month and a shutdown of more than a day or two could be devastating to us and our industry… Aside from the financial blow concessionaires will take, there are the folks that will be denied their chance at running the Grand Canyon. This is an undertaking that takes months of planning, not to mention years of waiting for a permit. These are Americans from all over the country who are finally getting their opportunity to see one of our nation’s crown jewels, they have paid their permit fees, they have gotten two and a half weeks off of work, and now they face being turned away by the Park Service.
Tourism is our one and only business in this entire town [Tusayan]. This town wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for tourism.
Just keeping the national parks closed through October could mean a $1 billion hit to [Utah's] economy, said Juliette Tennent, deputy director and chief economist of the management and budget office.
Anything that happens down in the park affects us. Certainly, we’ve had some cancellations, people who are unsure about what’s going to happen so they’re just making other plans,” Dorsey said. “It impacts the whole community.”
At a real basic level, you’re taking money out of the economy. … It sends a pretty big negative wave through our state.
Springdale operates on tourism. The businesses won’t recapture those sales. Not to mention the individuals who are waitresses and waiters, the people who clean our hotel rooms; these are people who this time of year really look to October and into November to save money to get through the winter months when we have no tourism.
This closure is having a devastating impact on those Washington County residents that rely on visitors to federally managed land, especially those that rely almost exclusively on visitors to Zion.
I don’t know what to do. I have less than $100. I was relying on my last week’s pay to get out of here.
We a great year until Sept. 30.
Like it or not, Westerners are dependent on the federal government, and our economies depend on federal spending.
They’re shutting the one part of government that produces revenue.
These public land closures put at risk Utah’s outdoor industry, which annually contributes $3.6 billion in wages and salaries and over $856 million in state and local tax revenue.
It’s really the economy of our county. We’re watching one of our prime months fade away from us. It’s really painful, and [the federal park officials] get that.
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