There is no full funding program yet for the Department of the Interior, which means the majority of national parks remains closed. Despite the lack of money from the federal government, a few national parks have reopened, thanks to money from the states in which those parks are located.
First and foremost, the Statue of Liberty is open. New York reopened Liberty Island National Park on Sunday after agreeing to take on an expense that was reported to be $61,500 per day.
In Arizona, the Grand Canyon is open again (although it’s a wonder how you really “close” an enormous hole in the ground to begin with, but the NPS certainly did). Arizona committed to paying for the park to be open for seven days. The state's hope is that the the budget impasse will have ended by then and the Department of the Interior will be back in charge of paying the bills to keep the lights on.
In Utah, it’s the same story. Sites reopened over the weekend included five national parks (Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion), two national monuments (Natural Bridges and Cedar Breaks) and one national recreation area (Glen Canyon).
Finally, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is welcoming visitors again, thanks to the state of South Dakota opening up its coffers.
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