FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) It's a monumental loss for the Colorado National Monument after the government shutdown sets sales back by thousands of dollars. The 16 day shutdown resulted in an $18,000 revenue hit for the park's visitor center and a $30,000 loss in entrance fees, but officials say they plan on making the money back.
The staff sat down today to create a game plan for generating money to make up for the lost dollars. And officials say with the beautiful weather, fall is their money maker.
"How we can recoup these two weeks we lost in October, which is like losing Christmas sales for many of the national parks on the Colorado Plateau," said Linda Spinner, the Executive Director of the Colorado National Monument Association.
In an effort to boost business over the next couple of months the Monument will host a holiday open house and initiate a membership drive.
Park employees say they are staying busy and visitors have a newfound appreciation for the Monument after it was closed for over two weeks.
The Peaks, Plateau and Canyons Association's annual fall meeting will be held in Grand Junction this week and they will be discussing what to do in case a shutdown strikes again.