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Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

It didn’t take long for National Park Service employees to begin opening closed gates and taking down barricades after Utah wired a $1.7 million loan early Friday. The loan is enough to keep five national parks and three national monuments open for 10 days.

“This is a practical and temporary solution that will lessen the pain for some businesses and communities in Utah during this shutdown,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a release Friday afternoon. “We want to reopen all of our national parks as quickly possible for everyone to enjoy and call on Congress to pass a clean continuing resolution to open the government.”

It will take an act of Congress to approve repayment of the loan. The Utah Legislature, which will meet in special session Wednesday, could approve money to keep the areas open beyond the initial 10 days.

The loan allows Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks to open, along with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Natural Bridges and Cedar Breaks national monuments. Herbert said in a tweet Friday afternoon that campground reservations at the reopened parks will be honored beginning Saturday.

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Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

The Utah Office of Tourism launched a $3.1 million spring/summer regional television advertising campaign at the Capitol today to promote Utah’s five national parks known as “The Mighty Five.”

The campaign will include TV commercials in Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle, as well as digital outdoor, wallscapes, online, and social media.

“Utah’s five stunning national parks contribute to Utah’s economy in a meaningful way by creating much-needed jobs and impacting local economies in gateway communities and surrounding areas,” said Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert.

“We are really excited to launch The Mighty Five to promote our iconic national parks that are becoming more popular, especially with international visitors who come to experience the red rock of the Desert Southwest,” said Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Film, and Global Branding, an agency of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  “Whether you’re looking for memorable family fun, an adrenaline rush, or the solace of nature, you’re sure to discover an unforgettable experience that can only be found in Utah.”

Visitation has continued to increase at Utah’s national parks, even in a down economy.  In 2012, 6.5 million recreation visits were made to Utah’s five national parks. Another 5.1 million recreation visits occurred at Utah’s seven national monuments, two national recreation areas, and one national historic site.

Spots for the television campaign can be viewed on the Office of Tourism’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/utahtourism.  The commercials feature all of

Utah’s five national parks:  Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion.

“Utah is the most amazing place in the world,” said Robb Baumann whose wife and two children are featured in the TV commercials.  Baumann, a graduate of the University of Utah, was familiar with The Greatest Snow on Earth® of Utah’s slopes, but business would eventually lead him to a successful job with an aerospace company in Florida.

On a flight, he ran across a Utah Life Elevated ad that he put in his desk drawer as a constant 18-month reminder that he and his wife wanted to move their family back to Utah.  “It’s not hard to imagine why people would visit here and then want to live here.”

Three, five, and seven-day itineraries to visit The Mighty Five™ parks can be found online at http://www.visitutah.com/parks-monuments/mighty5/. 

The National Park Service reports no Utah parks will be closed, but services may be impacted due to the Sequestration.

Boating at Bonny Lake Wildlife Area Colorado

Boating at Bonny Lake Wildlife Area Colorado

Across the West during the past several years, beleaguered state park systems in Utah, Arizona, California and elsewhere  have made news as state governments have slashed budgets and threatened to permanently shutter some of their parks.

But Colorado’s state parks have taken a different path.

Since the state parks became part of the newly-created Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2011, three of four state parks slated for closure prior to the merger have remained open and there are no plans to shut them down. The fourth park, Bonny Lake near Burlington, became a state wildlife area and remains open to the public.

Despite losing more than $27 million in revenue during the previous year, including some federal money the state receives for managing federally-owned reservoirs, Colorado’s state park system closed out its 2012 fiscal year with a $4.2 million budget surplus, according to a CPW financial report released this week.

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Bonny Lake is being managed as a State Wildlife Area and remains open to the public.  The Visitor Center and Camper Service buildings are closed and water and electric are not available.

Currently Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, Yuma County Commissioners, the Three Rivers Alliance, Yuma County Economic Development Council and other community groups to determine the future of the former State Park.  The discussions include facilities and campgrounds that were previously managed by Colorado State Parks.  At present, Bonny Lake is being managed as part of the South Republican State Wildlife Area, a 13,000 acre management unit that offers deer, turkey, waterfowl and small game hunting.

Please check back for updates on any changes for the future management of Bonny Lake State Park or call the Southeast Regional Office in Colorado Springs at 719-227-5200.

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