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Old 01-20-2018, 04:53 PM   #1
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Quartzsite LTVAs during Government Shutdown

While no one has come to the trailer asking us to leave, the entrance stations at the Quartzsite LTVAs are all closed until further notice (no gates, is you can still come & go).

There is a sign listing local water fill & dump stations, so, although I didn't drive out to the LaPosa South dump station, I suspect it and the fresh water fill stations are closed. Glad I dumped & filled last week!
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:27 PM   #2
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That is upsetting! This whole shutdown thing is upsetting! The park system is one thing done right! It creates billions of dollars in the economy - not just fees but gas, food, local business, trailers, trucks, rv's, tires, camping gear, etc... I have just checked on my future recreation.gov reservations and got a sorry we are closed screen. Army Corps of Engineers parks are affected by this and some rallies are scheduled at those facilities. I certainly hope this is worked out very soon and we as Americans do not allow this to happen again.
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In 2013 we went on a trip to Utah and Arizona. It was amazing to see how many motor homes were rentals rented by visitors from Germany and France and we were there in late September. We were on the last few days of our trip when the government shut down. We had plans to visit the Grand Canyon on October 1, the day of the shut down. We found some other less interesting, but worthwhile options, but were really thinking about the impression the shut down had on foreign visitors. The foreign visitors had planed to visit American National Parks only to be shut out. I've been back to Utah twice since then,but I'm pretty sure our foreign visitors just went home disappointed. Very sad that our country made such a bad impression on those visitors.
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I'm puzzled, Jack. According to a news report I saw yesterday, the state of Arizona spent $27M during the last shutdown to keep Grand Canyon NP open. I don't know if there was a gap while the details were worked out, but it is my recollection that it was open during most of the shutdown.

The governor has indicated the state is prepared to do the same this time. I can't speak for other federal monuments and lands in the state, but the Grand Canyon is iconic and a major piece of the state's tourism-based economy. Of course there are any number of other federal monuments and lands that may be affected. I was in Chinle Friday but didn't ask how Canyon de Chelly National Monument would be affected. Not much is my guess, since there are no gates or entrance fees and most services are provided by tribal businesses. Monument Valley is a Navajo tribal park, so it won't be affected, either.

I suspect some other states do the same. The major parks are just too important to the affected states and towns economically.

I am following this thread to hear updates on how the Quartzite LTVA's are impacted, especially with the fiberglass egg rally coming up soon. That could affect a lot of people who winter in that region.

Thanks for the info, Jon, and keep us posted.
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There was at least one other government shut down after 2013. Maybe after 2013 things changed. Hope so for the sake of all the travelers, both US and foreign.
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There was at least one other government shut down after 2013. Maybe after 2013 things changed. Hope so for the sake of all the travelers, both US and foreign.
Made me look, and it appears from a couple of sources that 2013 was indeed the last.
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didn't I read somewhere the states were taking over through this?

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didn't I read somewhere the states were taking over through this?

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Yup! Three posts back, four now. But not all states and not all parks. Likely only a few of the big ones in tourism-rich states.
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For anyone interested, as of 12:20, 1/21/18, the water fill & dump stations at La Posa South are open. Long lines because it is Big Tent Week.
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I read elsewhere that national facilities mostly are staying open for as long as current money on hand holds out, and then they will close. But I don't believe they are going to barricade roads, prevent access to monuments, or other such things as were done in 2013. It's a somewhat kinder, gentler shutdown.

And who knows, this may get resolved sometime next week. I hope it does, so it does not impact large numbers of campsite reservation holders.
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As of 4:30PM, the water fill station is closed.
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seriously that's tacky by some dumb@@@ administrator! frankly it stinks!


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