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Cuts lead to longer lines at Grand Canyon

A $7 million boost in state funding for the Arizona Office of Tourism has prompted a marketing effort to lure people in Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver, as well as areas of China and Brazil, to sites such as the Grand Canyon. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Tara Alatorre)

The Grand Canyon (Cronkite News Service Photo by Tara Alatorre)

Cuts to the National Park Service are being felt at the Grand Canyon National Park and other Arizona attractions.

The Arizona Republic reports that the recent budget sequestration has doubled peak wait times to the Grand Canyon just as the summer tourist season begins. Officials say cuts also have forced a reduced staff to limit the number of times they clean restrooms for a park that draws 4 million visitors a year.

Meanwhile, the Saguaro National Park near Tucson has been unable to replace a ranger despite recent spray-paintings of gang signs at 48 locations.

At Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona, a program to educate Border Patrol agents about wilderness values and research in national parks also has been put on hold.

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2 comments

  1. Visited there on Saturday morning a week ago and I was surprised at uncrowded it was. Noticed there weren’t as many foreign tourists as in past years, prior to the recession. There were not long lines to get inside — in fact all five of the entry lines were open. So, I don’t know who is giving out this information, but it goes against what I saw when I visited June 8.

  2. Visited there on Saturday morning a week ago and I was surprised at how uncrowded it was. Noticed there weren’t as many foreign tourists as in past years, prior to the recession. There were not long lines to get inside — in fact all five of the entry lines were open. So, I don’t know who is giving out this information, but it goes against what I saw when I visited June 8.

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