ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The end of the government shutdown means some of New Mexico's most popular tourist destinations are back open and fully staffed with federal employees.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge are all open.
Tent Rocks National Monument is fully staffed, but road work is delaying public access.
Closer to Albuquerque the Petroglyph National Monument is open, too.
Since 8 a.m. visitors have been filtering into the monument ready to hike trails and take in the scenery. Among them were Randy and Barbara Berggren from California.
"We're happy," Randy said.
"We were really disappointed when he said, 'Oh, my gosh. We're not going to be able to go because of the federal government,'" Barbara added. "So we were real glad when we noticed last night it was open."
Those California visitors aren't the only one's excited about the national monument opening.
Workers at the Petroglyph Visitors Center were busy answering questions and leading people to trails.
Two trails were open during the shutdown, since they're operated by the city, but with the visitors center closed, not everyone knew that.
The monument lost out on the 1,000 visitors a day it usually sees during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
On Wednesday the Boca Negra and Piedras Marcadas Canyon trails are open.
And along with directing people where to go, government employees are also playing a lot of catch up.
"I had over 700 emails this morning. There are 93 messages on the visitors center answering machine," Diane Souder of the monument said. "All of those we're going to respond to, so it's going to be a busy week for us."
The Rinconada Canyon trail is closed due to flooding, and the Volcanoes trail is closed for a couple days due to construction.
Government employees at the monument say they're glad to be back to work. Employees affected by the shutdown will receive back pay.
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