With threats of government shutdowns looming, the state of Arizona has announced they plan to keep the national parks open if a federal government shutdown happens.
The economic impact of national parks is vitally important to the state Arizona and leaders have prioritized to invest state funds to keep the parks open.
The government shutdown could come as early as Sunday, but for Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs it is purely economics. Hobbs announced Arizona will pay to keep Arizona national parks operating at a basic level, assisting tourism-dependent communities.
The nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association report that every day of a shutdown could equate to national parks losing nearly 1 million visitors, and gateway communities losing as much as $70 million.
Hobbs has said Arizona Lottery funds will help keep the Grand Canyon park open.
Without government resolve, the National Parks Conservation Association said the shutdown could impact more than 400 sites in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.
If a shut down happens, don’t plan to travel to visit any national parks in our neighboring state of California. California Governor Gavin Newsom has reported that they do not plan to keep national parks open, stating the parks are not within state jurisdiction.
Click here for a complete list of National Parks in Arizona.