Monument officials feel the financial impact of the shutdown

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COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, Colo. (KKCO) After 16 days, the Colorado National Monument has finally reopened, but officials there say they have a lot of ground to make up after being unable to charge any fees or make sales.

Since the beginning of the government shutdown, Monument officials say they have lost a total of $42,000 in revenue.

Sales in the Visitors Center lost $12,000, campground rentals took a $5,000 hit and $15,000 was lost from entry fees.

The measure passed by Congress to end the shutdown will only fund the government until January 15th.

Officials say if another shutdown happens they will deal with it when the time comes, but until then visitors can enjoy everything the Monument has to offer...

Black Canyon of the Gunnison has also reopened on the Western Slope.

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