SPRINGDALE -- Despite being warned about possible federal citations, 16 hikers hopped a gate to gain entry to closed Zion National Park in southern Utah to protest the partial government shutdown.
James Milligan, manager of Springdale's Zion Outfitter store, says he helped organize Saturday's act of civil disobedience called "Occupy Zion" to let the government know what locals think about the shutdown.
Milligan told The Salt Lake Tribune that he hasn't had a customer since the shutdown closed national parks across the nation Tuesday, and the shutdown is having an adverse impact on local economies near parks.
Park rangers greeted protesters at the gate, advised that they may be cited and photographed them. No citations were immediately issued, but rangers say the protesters could be cited later.
The protesters walked about two miles up a trail and then turned around, filling a garbage bag with trash they picked up along the way.