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Gov. Doug Ducey: Even if government shuts down, Grand Canyon will stay open

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Posted at 11:44 AM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 13:44:46-05

Gov. Doug Ducey says travelers planning to visit the Grand Canyon shouldn't worry about changing plans as the possibility of a government shutdown looms.

The Interior Department has said that if there is a government shutdown, up to 417 national park sites could be closed, though the Trump administration is going to "try to allow limited access wherever possible."

That position is a change from previous shutdowns, when most parks were closed and became high-profile symbols of dysfunction.

Spokeswoman Heather Swift said public roads that already open are likely to remain open, although services that require staffing and maintenance such as campgrounds, full-service restrooms and concessions won't be operating. Backcountry lands and culturally sensitive sites are likely to be restricted or closed, she said.

Up to 417 national park sites could be closed, though the Trump administration is going to "try to allow limited access wherever possible," Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift told CNN