The National Park Service has allowed Colorado to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park by using state funds.
By appealing to the federal government to allow Colorado to pay for the opening of Rocky Mountain National Park, Gov. John Hickenlooper may have reinvigorated more than the tourist season for Estes Park.
After the floods and now the shutdown Estes Park is pleading with Colorado’s congressional delegation to open up Rocky Mountian National Park. The town says the shutdown is killing tourism, and that’s not the only town hurting.
Between the government shutdown and the September floods the town of Estes Park is teetering on a financial edge.
Highway 119 is now back open, which is great news for those who live in the area or who are trying to get to Estes Park, but the Colorado Department of Transportation still faces a long list of roads needing repair.
Members of Utah’s National Guard are now on their way to Colorado to help repair roads damaged by the flooding.
The government shutdown has closed national parks and monuments, including Rocky Mountain National Park, and the timing couldn’t be worse for the town of Estes Park as it tries to recover from the floods.
The federal government is the state of Colorado’s largest employer with approximately 40,000 people on the payroll. In Colorado the effect of a partial government shutdown would be felt by different people in different ways.
As Colorado recovers from devastating flooding many towns are trying to get back to business as usual, and despite major road closures, this weekend’s Elk Fest in Estes Park went on as planned.
Businesses in Estes Park want everyone to know the town is open for business despite the two main highways being closed.