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Federal shutdown

U.K
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Federal shutdown

We are travelling from the UK in 10 days time to visit Yellowstone,GTNP and then to Moab for Arches and Canyonlands.........great planning eh ? In the event of a federal shutdown.

We have been to Moab before,due to non cancellable deposits for condo rental,could anyone come up with alternative ideas that would still be possible if the national parks are closed please ?

Kalispell, Montana
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for Glacier National Park, Santa Fe, Sedona
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1. Re: Federal shutdown

I'm not so sure its going to happen, and I hope it doesn't. A lot of times its only political posturing or if it does it doesn't last long. Keep fingers crossed.

Where are you flying into, Bozeman? What is your general route/itinerary now and total days? Where do you have non-cancelable reservations? We can probably re-route you to see some pretty interesting places that are not "in" the parks. Where are you flying out of?

We will try to put on our thinking caps when we get your answer.

Phoenix, Arizona
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2. Re: Federal shutdown

Thanks MaryEllen.

I am also traveling there next week and staying in Moab for 5 nights. Will be helpful if you or anyone can point to non-national park activities.

We were planning to do Arches + Canyonland + Mesa Verde + Jeep Tours + Jett Tours.

Kalispell, Montana
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3. Re: Federal shutdown

One day you can go out #128, the River-Byway to the Fisher Towers area and hike. You can also book a rafting trip on the river out there.

Scenic Byway of Highway 128 (Utah, United States): …

www.tripadvisor.com › … › Utah (UT) › Things to Do in Utah

You can make a day trip down to Monument Valley and book a backcountry tour there. Its 142 miles one way and a scenic drive...a long day but worth it.

You can sacrifice a day or two in Moab and include Monument Valley and Page Az, where you can tour the Antelope Canyons, see Horseshoe Bend and enjoy activities on Lake Powell. At this late date hotel reservations in MV may be hard to get but try. If not book a night in Kayenta at the Hampton Inn there or simply drive on to Page that night. Page has many more hotels and motels.

I'd ask about the Jeep and Jett Tours, they are probably unaffected.

Kalispell, Montana
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4. Re: Federal shutdown

If Mesa Verde is closed you can go south and visit Canyon de Chelly. The visitor's center could be closed but the south rim should be open because it runs through Navajo housing all the way to Spyder Rock. Call to verify that.

You could also take the scenic route from Dolores to Telluride and then the million dollar highway back down to Durango. Lots to do in Telluride and Durango areas beside the National parks.

Edited: 29 September 2015, 04:25
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5. Re: Federal shutdown

It doesn't sound like the shutdown is going to happen. Yay!

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Fremont, California
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7. Re: Federal shutdown

With or without a shutdown, I would suggest highly to also see Dead Horse Point State Park when you are in Moab. Its where Thelma and Louise and other Grand Canyon movies were made. Its quite scenic. It will be open regardless. Its fun just to be on vacation and restaurants like Desert Bistro and others are great for the evening dining.

http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/dead-horse/

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