Arches and Canyonlands closed amid heavy snowfall, government shutdown

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MOAB, Utah (ABC4 News) – Officials with Arches and Canyonlands National Parks announced Monday afternoon they closed the parks due to heavy snowfall.

In posts on Twitter, both parks reported heavy snowfall and said it is necessary to close the park road at the visitor center due to unsafe conditions.

The National Park Service is unable to provide services including plowing roads due to the lapse of funding caused by the current government shutdown.

While some national parks are closed completely during the shutdown, others remain accessible to visitors. For most parks, there will be no NPS-provided services such as restrooms, trash collection or road maintenance. 

A partial government shutdown began on December 22. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are on furlough or working without pay.

Park officials said they don’t know how long the road will be closed. Access to the park will not occur until the snow and ice melts or until the agency receives funding to continue plowing operations. 

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