[Ed. note: The Parkwire newsfeed that I sift through each day is full of stories from local newspapers about park-related impacts of the US federal government partial shutdown. So far, no major visitor problems have been reported. Here's a story about how the Utah state government is paying the costs of keeping rangers, interpreters, maintenance workers, and other USNPS personnel on the job at 3 Utah NPs so they don't close over the Christmas holiday.]
It might not be business as usual at Utah’s famous national parks during the partial federal government shutdown, but at least some visitor services will be available at three of the Mighty Five through the Christmas holiday, thanks to $80,000 the state has donated to the National Park Service.
Utah Office of Tourism Managing Director Vicki Varela arranged for funding to be directed to Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon national parks during a call with park superintendents Thursday. Details were finalized Friday as Gov. Gary Herbert authorized the grant to fund these parks through the the end of the year, Varela said.