ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) -- Rocky Mountain National Park is reopening to visitors now that Colorado has agreed to pick up the tab for running it.
The park opens Saturday and Trail Ridge Road will open as soon as the highway can be plowed.
Colorado has agreed to pay the $40,000 a day needed to operate the park and pay its employees during the shutdown. The governor's office says the money will come from the tourism budget but eventually the state plans to seek reimbursement for the cost.
Estes Park leaders say the move will help the town recover from last month's flooding. Once Trail Ridge is reopened, it will also provide a second access road to the town.
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