FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Tuesday marked day 18 of the partial government shutdown, but life went on in our parks—with or without supervision, that includes people hitting the trail.
The visitor center is closed, the bathrooms are closed, Rimrock Drive is closed, but the Monument is still open. Snow and frost covered the ground, but trash was really nowhere in sight. Hikers have been respectful to leave no trace—even out of towners.
“Typically, whenever we're hiking anywhere, we try to see if there's any trash, and we just pick it up until we can later dispose of it properly,” said Nora Martinez, who was visiting the Monument.
“It was theoretically cool that I got to come in for free, but the parks really use that money to keep it clean and keep the habitats for the wildlife really beautiful and pristine,” said Ashley Wilson, who was visiting the Monument.
Parks employees are furloughed during the government shutdown, and rescue and emergency services are limited. This is not the longest shutdown the nation has seen. The longest one was back in the 1990s with President Clinton. President Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night.