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Grand Canyon Opened with Fed/State Negotiations

October 15
01:30 2013

Grand Canyon National Park Reopened

Due to Fed and State negotiations, the Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon opened last weekend after 15 days  of National Park closure during the government  shutdown.  New York reached an agreement with the Department of Interior to pay $369,000 to open The Statue of Liberty from this past Saturday through Oct. 17.

Grand Canyon Reopened

The Grand Canyon also reopened over the weekend under the terms of a deal Governor Jan Brewer reached late Friday with federal officials. The state will pay $651,000, covering a week’s worth of costs for reopening the entire park. The money will come from a mix of state and “other” dollars, according to Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder, including $200,000 pledged by Tusayan businesses.  The Town of Tusayan is located at the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is on State Route 64 about 50 miles north of Interstate 40.

Several private sector donations in addition to Tusayan’s $200,000 were made by lodges, inns, air services, and other businesses who would benefit from the reopening. There are more than 2,200 Grand Canyon employees and an additional 1,200 hospitality employees of surrounding businesses who have been furloughed while the shutdown continues.

Road Access to the Grand Canyon

A stretch of State Route 64 in Grand Canyon National Park reopened to traffic over the weekend. The 30-mile-long section of State Route 64, which provides access to the popular South Rim, within the Grand Canyon National Park is owned and operated by the federal government. Travelers can reach the North Rim by taking SR 67, which has not yet closed for the winter season.

Glen Canyon and Lake Powell

The Lake Powell main access points are now open including Wahweap South Entrance and Main ramp, Antelope Point, Halls Crossing, and Bullfrog. Read more details about the reopening of Lake Powell here.

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