MOSCA – The National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve due to the government shutdown. All visitor facilities including the Park Visitor Center, Piñon Flats Campground, Medano Road and all trails within the park and preserve are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve hosts 200 visitors on average each day in October; nationally, more than 715,000 visitors a day frequent the National Park System. The park will lose an estimated $600 of entrance fees each day of the shutdown and an estimated $400 in Piñon Flats Campground fees. Nationwide the NPS stands to lose approximately $450,000 per day in lost revenue from fees collected at entry stations and fees paid for in-park activities such as cave tours, boat rides and camping. Gateway communities across the country see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that is lost during a government shutdown. Visitors spend about $100,000 a year in the communities around Great Sand Dunes NatiFor the complete article see the 10-02-2013 issue.
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