BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK — Due to the federal government shutdown, the visitor center at Bryce Canyon National Park will be open for limited hours starting Monday, park officials said.
The Bryce Canyon Natural History Association has donated funding and staff time to keep the park’s visitor center open during the shutdown, park spokeswoman Kathleen Gonder said in an emailed statement.
Personnel from the group will be operating the visitor center, and the association’s financial support will go toward snow removal and custodial services for the visitor center.
Outside of the visitor center, National Park Service staffers will not be available in the park. Visitors to park service units enter the park at their own risk during the shutdown, Gonder said.
“We are grateful to the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association for providing the assistance needed to keep our visitor center accessible to the public during the government shutdown,” Bryce Canyon National Park Superintendent Linda Mazzu said. “Being able to assist visitors at least some portion of the day will help to ensure visitor safety, especially during winter conditions.”
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