Colorado National Monument Park Rangers Continue Security Through Shutdown
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- With the federal shutdown still in effect, national parks including the Colorado National Monument remained closed Wednesday.
Other than those commuting to Grand Junction from Glade Park, the public is prohibited from entering the park until further notice, but that's not stopping some people.
Despite the shutdown, park rangers continue to patrol the grounds to make sure the public is adhering to the closure.
Dozens of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have been turned away over the past two days.
According to park rangers, a closure violation could lead to penalties ranging from a misdemeanor to even an arrest if necessary.
Fortunately for rangers, everyone they have come across have been cooperative, and no citations have been written.
"We have talked to a lot of people up here," said Chief Park Ranger Mark Davison. "Everybody's frustrated, everybody's angry, but they know it's not our doing. We're here because it's our job and technically we have to be here. All of us want to get this park opened up as much as everybody else and hopefully that will happen soon."
While national parks across the nation remain closed, Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind residents that state parks remain open and are not impacted by the shutdown in any way.