Grand Canyon News You May Have Missed for Week of September 30th 2013

Federal Government Shutdown Forces Grand Canyon National Park Closure
Anyone arriving at the Grand Canyon National Park today will find the gates locked and be turned away. And anyone already camping or staying at one of the lodges will be given 48 hours to get out.


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A Guide to the Government Shutdown of the Grand Canyon National Park
The shutdown of the federal government has led the iconic park to be shut down for only the second time since it was created in 1919. Closed are roads, campgrounds, lodges, trails, overlooks and entry sites for rafting trips down the Colorado River through the gorge.

Source: Yahoo News
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Team Planning Rim-to-Rim Grand Canyon Charity Hike Left in the Lurch
They’ve raised thousands of dollars for charity. But a group of hikers from across the country don’t know if their fundraising hike in the Grand Canyon will go on. This group of hikers raised over $26,000 for the trip. But they arrived in Phoenix to find their trip might not happen.

Source: My Fox Phoenix Arizona
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Lodge Owner Offers $25,000 to Reopen Grand Canyon Park
In the West, Red Feather Properties, which owns the Red Feather Lodge in Tusayan, Ariz., has pledged $25,000 to keep Grand Canyon National Park open to visitors, even if only partly. Clarinda Vail, the property manager and an owner, said she was urging other local and state businesses and the town of Tusayan to make contributions as well.

Related:  Grand Canyon North Rim Opens May 15

Source: New York Times
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Gov. Jan Brewer Denied in Offer to Reopen Grand Canyon National Park
Brewer wants the iconic park reopened and has offered to pay for it with state money, but her proposal was rejected Thursday by a park official who said that as long as the federal government remains shut down, such a plan isn’t an option.

Source: Fox News
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Grand Canyon West Rim Stays Open Despite Government Shutdown
As Grand Canyon West is owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, it isn’t part of the 401 National Park Service closures.  Future and present visitors shouldn’t expect the current political climate to effect their Grand Canyon West plans.

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