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  • This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. The decision was made by Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Kowalski is in charge of all Air Force nuclear weapons, including bombers. (AP Photo/US Air Force)

    This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. The decision was made by Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Kowalski is in charge of all Air Force nuclear weapons, including bombers. (AP Photo/US Air Force)

  • This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. The decision was made by Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Kowalski is in charge of all Air Force nuclear weapons, including bombers. (AP Photo/US Air Force)

    This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. The decision was made by Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Kowalski is in charge of all Air Force nuclear weapons, including bombers. (AP Photo/US Air Force)

  • FILE - This Oct. 3, 2013 file photo shows a sign at the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., indicates the park is closed. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.   (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)

    FILE - This Oct. 3, 2013 file photo shows a sign at the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., indicates the park is closed. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)

  • In this Oct. 7, 2013, photo. the U.S. Capitol is reflected during rain in Washington. Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a "throw the bums out" mentality in next year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    In this Oct. 7, 2013, photo. the U.S. Capitol is reflected during rain in Washington. Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a "throw the bums out" mentality in next year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • In this Oct. 7, 2013, photo. the U.S. Capitol is reflected during rain in Washington. Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a "throw the bums out" mentality in next year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    In this Oct. 7, 2013, photo. the U.S. Capitol is reflected during rain in Washington. Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a "throw the bums out" mentality in next year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. Weinstein will temporarily replace Carey as head of 20th Air Force. (AP Photo/US Air Force)

    This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. Weinstein will temporarily replace Carey as head of 20th Air Force. (AP Photo/US Air Force)

  • This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. Weinstein will temporarily replace Carey as head of 20th Air Force. (AP Photo/US Air Force)

    This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. Weinstein will temporarily replace Carey as head of 20th Air Force. (AP Photo/US Air Force)

  • FILE - This April 22, 2008 file photo shows the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.  (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

    FILE - This April 22, 2008 file photo shows the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures. Jewell said in a letter Thursday to governors in Utah and other states that the government will consider offers to pay for park operations, but will not surrender control of national parks to the states.  (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures. Jewell said in a letter Thursday to governors in Utah and other states that the government will consider offers to pay for park operations, but will not surrender control of national parks to the states. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

  • Even the bathrooms at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remain closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz.  Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Even the bathrooms at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remain closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Even the bathrooms at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remain closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz.  Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Even the bathrooms at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remain closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • A U.S. Park Ranger explains to visitors in front of the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park that the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    A U.S. Park Ranger explains to visitors in front of the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park that the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • A U.S. Park Ranger explains to visitors in front of the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park that the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    A U.S. Park Ranger explains to visitors in front of the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park that the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    The main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • The main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    The main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Freshly fallen snow is plowed into several piles creating another barrier at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park as the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Freshly fallen snow is plowed into several piles creating another barrier at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park as the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Freshly fallen snow is plowed into several piles creating another barrier at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park as the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Freshly fallen snow is plowed into several piles creating another barrier at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park as the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. The decision was made by Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Kowalski is in charge of all Air Force nuclear weapons, including bombers. (AP Photo/US Air Force)
  • This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. The decision was made by Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Kowalski is in charge of all Air Force nuclear weapons, including bombers. (AP Photo/US Air Force)
  • FILE - This Oct. 3, 2013 file photo shows a sign at the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., indicates the park is closed. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.   (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)
  • In this Oct. 7, 2013, photo. the U.S. Capitol is reflected during rain in Washington. Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a "throw the bums out" mentality in next year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • In this Oct. 7, 2013, photo. the U.S. Capitol is reflected during rain in Washington. Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a "throw the bums out" mentality in next year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. Weinstein will temporarily replace Carey as head of 20th Air Force. (AP Photo/US Air Force)
  • This undated handout photo provided by the US Air Force shows Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein. The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country, the officials said. Weinstein will temporarily replace Carey as head of 20th Air Force. (AP Photo/US Air Force)
  • FILE - This April 22, 2008 file photo shows the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.  (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures. Jewell said in a letter Thursday to governors in Utah and other states that the government will consider offers to pay for park operations, but will not surrender control of national parks to the states.  (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)
  • Even the bathrooms at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remain closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz.  Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Even the bathrooms at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remain closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz.  Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • A U.S. Park Ranger explains to visitors in front of the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park that the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • A U.S. Park Ranger explains to visitors in front of the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park that the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • The main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • The main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and state legislative leaders have said they would make state funding available, but "the state cannot pay the federal government's bills indefinitely," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Freshly fallen snow is plowed into several piles creating another barrier at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park as the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Freshly fallen snow is plowed into several piles creating another barrier at the main entrance to Grand Canyon National Park as the park remains closed to visitors on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Under pressure from several governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Salt Lake City — The Obama administration’s willingness to reopen national parks shuttered by the government shutdown came with a big caveat: States must foot the bill with money they likely won’t see again.

So far, only Utah, Colorado and South Dakota, Arizona and New York have jumped at the deal. Governors in other states were trying to gauge Friday what would be the bigger economic hit — paying to keep the parks operating or losing the tourist money that flows when the scenic attractions are open.

South Dakota and several corporate donors worked out a deal with the National Park Service to reopen Mount Rushmore beginning Monday. Gov. Dennis Daugaard said it will cost $15,200 a day to pay the federal government to run the landmark in the Black Hills.

He said he wired four days’ worth of the donations on Friday.

In New York, state and federal officials were discussing the possible reopening of the Statue of Liberty, while Arizona officials weighed whether to pay the federal government to reopen Grand Canyon National Park.

In Utah, federal workers rushed to reopen five national parks for 10 days after the state sent $1.67 million to the U.S. government with the hope of saving its lucrative tourist season.

Zion National Park superintendent Jock Whitworth said staff members began opening gates and removing barriers and expected to have the park fully operational Saturday.

“This is a practical and temporary solution that will lessen the pain for some businesses and communities in Utah during this shutdown,” Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement.

It was welcome news for beleaguered shop owners in the small town of Springdale adjacent to Zion. Hotels have been vacant and rental and retail shops have seen sales plummet during the shutdown.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said Jenna Milligan of Zion Outfitters, an outdoor gear rental shop. “A lot of businesses have suffered severely because of the government. I just hope it does stay open through autumn.”

In Colorado, officials said a deal had been struck for the state to pay $360,000 to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park for 10 days to allow tourists to reach Estes Park. The visitors are needed to help the town recover from flooding.

Just over 400 national parks, recreation areas and monuments — including such icons as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite — have been closed since Oct. 1 because of the partial government shutdown.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees have been furloughed, and lawmakers from both parties have complained that the closures have wreaked havoc on communities that depend on tourism.

Officials in some states were not happy about paying to have the parks reopened.

In Arizona, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer balked at spending about $112,000 a day for a full reopening of the Grand Canyon. She said a partial reopening would be much cheaper while allowing tourists to visit and businesses to benefit.

At this time of year, the Grand Canyon draws about 18,000 people a day who pump an estimated $1 million a day into the local economy.

The town of Tusayan, just outside the South Rim entrance, and area businesses have pledged $400,000 to help reopen the canyon, but Wilder said it was unclear if the Interior Department could accept private funds.

Interior Department spokesman Blake Androff said Thursday the government had no plans to reimburse states that pay to reopen parks. But members of Congress introduced legislation Friday to refund the money within 90 days.

In Utah, Herbert estimated the economic impact of the shutdown at $100 million in his state.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration was working on a proposal to reopen parks in that state, including the Gateway Arch grounds in St. Louis and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park in southern Missouri.

In South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, was considering the federal government’s offer but wants to see how much it would cost.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said his state can’t afford to reopen its parks, as did Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. He said Nevada is already facing critical funding decisions.

In Wyoming, Gov. Matt Mead’s office said the state would not pay to reopen two heavily visited national parks or Devil’s Tower national monument.

“Wyoming cannot bail out the federal government and we cannot use state money to do the work of the federal government,” Mead spokesman Renny MacKay said.

Outside the Grand Canyon, some tourists made the most of their trek by taking photographs in front of the park’s sign.

Rassie Erasmus and his wife, Yolando, from Cape Town, South Africa, said they had been saving money for their trip to America for some time and were disappointed to find the park closed.

“We actually looked forward to going to the Statue of Liberty, but we believe that’s closed as well, so we’ll see what else is left,” Erasmus said. “Maybe Vegas.”