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Contact: Mary Plumb, 928-608-6202
Following the enactment of the continuing resolution by Congress, staff at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument have resumed regular operations.
According to Superintendent William Shott, “The parks would like to thank the States of Arizona and Utah and other partners who recognize the value of their public lands and provided assistance during the shutdown.”
- Grand Canyon National Park and the State of Arizona agreed to fund custodial services at Lees Ferry so that Colorado River trips could continue.
- The Utah Office of Tourism set up a website www.visitutah.com/shutdown providing information about the status of all national parks in Utah. They were also working on finding partners to help fund custodial services and other basic operations within the state, which would have benefitted Lone Rock Beach and areas north of there.
- County partners, Utah State Parks and park staff coordinated emergency services to include law enforcement, fire, EMS and search and rescue coverage of Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge through existing memorandums of understanding.
- The City of Page continued operations under our current agreement at Horseshoe Bend Overlook to keep the restrooms open.
- Our partners operating under concession contracts or commercial use authorization permits continued to provide outstanding service to people visiting Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge.
Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks.