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Reopening of national parks in UT draws throngs

October 12, 2013 • Business


Visitors to Zion National Park take in the sights after the park opened on a limited basis Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 near Springdale, Utah. Earlier Thursday, the Obama administration said it would allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks after a handful of governors made the request. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he reached an agreement to pay $166,000 a day to the Interior Department to open Utah’s five national parks, while Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she’d consider paying for a partial reopening of Grand Canyon National Park. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT

Visitors and shop owners were upbeat as all five national parks in Utah were open Saturday for the first time since the partial government shutdown began Oct. 1.

Park officials reported large crowds at Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks after the state sent $1.67 million to the U.S. government in Login to read more

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