Despite promise to remain open, Mesa Verde closes during government shutdown

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The government shutdown is affecting another southwest treasure, Mesa Verde.

The Durango Herald reports that the national park near Cortez, Colorado is turning away visitors.

Initially, Mesa Verde officials said it would stay open during the shutdown that began on December 21, but that’s no longer the case.

A park ranger blocking the entrance told the newspaper the park closed on Christmas after its first big snowstorm and now there are no paid plow operators.

Due to the lack of maintenance, it’s unsafe to allow visitors in.

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