Mark Smith
The shutdown of the federal government means volunteers will staff Bryce Canyon National Park visitors center for limited hours starting Monday.

BRYCE CANYON – The shutdown of the federal government means volunteers will staff Bryce Canyon National Park visitors center for limited hours starting Monday.

The Bryce Canyon Natural History Association donated staff and funding to operate the center. Donations will be used for snow removal at the visitor center parking lot and custodial services inside the visitor center until Jan. 29, according to a National Park Service press release.

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During the shutdown, National Park Service personnel will not be available to provide assistance, maintenance or emergency response. Any entry onto NPS property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s risk, according to the press release.

“We are grateful to the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association for providing the assistance needed to keep our visitor center accessible to the public during the government shutdown. Being able to assist visitors at least some portion of the day will help to ensure visitor safety, especially during winter conditions,” Bryce Canyon National Park Superintendent Linda Mazzu said in a prepared statement.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

— Marjorie Cortez