Grand Teton National Park has reopened after the federal government shutdown forced it to close for 16 days. The park furloughed about 200 employees and the remaining crew worked straight through the closure.
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says there were significant losses to gateway communities as well as to the park itself.
“During the month of October last year we had welcomed about 130,000 visitors and our visitation this year has been up 7 to 9 percent since last year,” says Scott. “So as far as park specific economic losses we’ve lost more than $150,000 in direct revenue from our entrance fees.”
The Grand Teton Association estimates losses of another $160,000 in revenue. The park also lost money from concessions and lodging.
“Signal Mountain was forced to close early, as was Jackson Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Lodge. Jackson Lake Lodge was sold out at the time of the closure at 100 percent occupancy and lost 3 days there. And Signal Mountain estimated a significant loss, as well,” adds Scott.
It may take staff a couple of days to restore all park services and facilities, but most recreational amenities are open.