Utah's national parks suffer amid shutdown

Oct 1 2013 - 12:03pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- The federal government shutdown has closed Utah's five national parks during a busy season.

It also has furloughed tens of thousands of federal employees and civilian defense contractors.

Zion National Park is trying to empty its campgrounds, giving people 48 hours to leave. Park spokeswoman Alyssa Baltrus says foreign visitors are confused. The shutdown comes during a popular season for Utah's redrock parks with summer heat dissipating.

Gov. Gary Herbert's office says 40,000 federal employees and civilian defense contractors in Utah have been furloughed, many from Hill Air Force Base. Commanders said the shutdown prevented them from describing the impacts Tuesday.

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