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AZ Parks Dept. opens arms to campers in federal parks

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The Arizona State Parks Department said it will try to minimize the damage to the state's tourism industry by accommodating campers displaced by the shutdown of the federal government on Tuesday.

Ellen Bilbrey of the State Parks Department said tent campers, people in RVs and trailer campers can contact the department to find available campsites in the event they are forced to move from campgrounds run by federal agencies.

Camping reservations at state parks can be made at the Arizona State Parks website or by calling 520-586-2283 or 602-542-4174.

In other news, the Arizona Department of Transportation said State Route 64, a state highway that runs through Grand Canyon National Park, will remain open although the park is closed by the federal shutdown.

The Hualapai Indian Tribe said Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, which it owns, would continue normal operations at its Grand Canyon West attractions, including the Skywalk built in 2007, and lodging destinations.

The National Park Service closed 401 national parks with the government shutdown on Tuesday, affecting more than 20,000 federal Park Service employees, who are furloughed until an appropriation is passed.

About 3,000 people providing essential services, such as security, emergency services and firefighting, continue to work at national parks, according to the National Park Service.

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