Devils Tower locks entry gates in response to government shutdown

(Jeff Moberg photo) Tourists gather in front of the gate Tuesday morning at Devils Tower to snap photos of the monument. This week’s government shutdown caused the National Park Service to close all 401 of the nation’s parks until congress is able to reach an agreement on federal appropriations.

(Jeff Moberg photo) Tourists gather in front of the gate Tuesday morning at Devils Tower to snap photos of the monument. This week’s government shutdown caused the National Park Service to close all 401 of the nation’s parks until congress is able to reach an agreement on federal appropriations.

 

Signs placed in the entry gate at Devils Tower announcing Tuesday’s closure.

Signs placed in the entry gate at Devils Tower announcing Tuesday’s closure.

Tourists hoping to get a chance to wander around Devils Tower on Tuesday were turned away due to the ongoing budget debacle in Washington D.C. Officials at the monument said they were preparing to shut down services and anticipated remaining overnight campers would be off the grounds by noon.
A press release from the National Park Service noted the Tower sees an average of 500 visitors per day through October. The Service also stated 18 local employees are currently on furlough. Nationwide, they tout the shutdown will cost the service $450,000 per day in lost entry fee revenue.
In addition to Park Service employees, Tuesday’s government shutdown was expected to leave many of the nation’s 800,000 federal employees without pay until the impasse is resolved.