ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The government shutdown is affecting thousands of workers in New Mexico. With Balloon Fiesta coming up this weekend, it is also going to affect lots of tourists and what they do outside the fiesta.
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Early October is the busiest time of year for tourism in Albuquerque because of the Balloon Fiesta. Tourists converge on trails and ride the Tram, but with some areas now closed, plans will have to change.
While all national forests' offices are closed, residents can still go to most of those areas. KRQE News 13 found lots of people hiking and biking at the La Luz trail in the Cibola National Forest.
Pay stations are covered up, so visitors can still park without paying the $3 to get in. Public bathrooms are closed.
The situation is similar at the Lincoln National Forest. It is open for camping and recreational use only.
The Tram is still open in Albuquerque, but there are not any rangers manning the hiking trails at the top.
Some tourists from Rhode Island that came early for Balloon Fiesta are excited about riding the Tram, but disappointed they will not get to see Carlsbad Caverns.
“I'm thinking we can still do the hiking, and we're excited about what we can do, but what could’ve been the highlight of the trip-- that kind of sucks," a tourist from Rhode Island said.
Officials at the Tram say they do not expect the government shutdown will have any impact on their business.
Other popular places that are closed include: Petroglyph National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands and Bandelier National Monuments.
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