Tourists, RV resort owners rejoice as shutdown ends

CORTEZ, Colo. — Melanie Kimmel and Lukas Leitner, tourists from Munich, Germany, were turned away at the gates of Yosemite and Death Valley because of the government shutdown. But they made it to Mesa Verde on Thursday, just as the park reopened, reports The Durango Herald.

“It was kind of a problem when the parks closed because we’re more or less here for the parks,” Leitner said.

The impact of the Mesa Verde shutdown reverberated among nearby businesses, says The Durango Herald.

Mike Lowe, owner of Mesa Verde RV Resort near the park entrance, said he expected to lose about half of his typical October business. He estimated the shutdown cost him $10,000. The Durango Herald reports that Lowe closes the RV park at the end of October, giving him little time to make up for lost revenue.

“It’s pretty devastating, to be honest with you,” he said. “I just hope they don’t do anything stupid next year.”

For the complete story from The Durango Herald, click here.

Kelly Cauthorn

Kelly Cauthorn

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