GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
As members of congress continue to try and strike a deal to prevent a federal shutdown, some agencies are preparing for the worst in the Grand Valley.
While officials at the Colorado National Monument are confident that a government shutdown won't occur, it would directly impact them.
Made out of sheer-walled, red rock canyons, the Monument is a defining feature of Western Colorado.
Lisa Eckert, superintendent at the Monument, said, "Autumn is my favorite season here at Colorado National Monument. It's those cooler temperatures, there aren't the insects and the turkey vultures are starting to swell."
However, due to opposing views in congress, access to the park could be taken away overnight.
"If there was a lapse in appropriations Oct. 1, we would shut down the Monument," said Eckert.
The shutdown would affect both employees and the public. If the shutdown occurs officials will close Rimrock Driving. Doing so will close off access to the Visitor's Center, campgrounds and biking/driving. Plus, 34 employee will be on furlough.
Officials are preparing for the possibility, "Notifying employees that they wouldn't be coming to work, getting road closures in place, except for the east hill, notifying campers in the campground that the campground would be closing," said Eckert.
Additionally, closing down the park would halt an important source of revenue: entrance fees.
"We're preparing to put an asphalt overlay in the asphalt tunnels that are a bit bumpy, and that is all coming from money from the entrance stations."
Despite fears, they continue to remain hopeful that their beloved park won't be closing down. Officials also not that the four mile right-away off the east entrance will remain open.
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