Aztec Ruins, Chaco closed during government shutdown

The Daily Times staff
Chaco Canyon

FARMINGTON — While some national park locations have remained open despite the government shutdown, Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park sent out a press release this morning announcing the two locations will be closed during the shutdown.

Aztec Ruins National Monument is seen in this file photo. The government shutdown on Monday closed this popular destination, and the Chaco Culture National Historic Park, according to a federal press release.

According to the press release, the parks were closed due to concern for the safety of both visitors and park resources.

The House today followed the Senate in passing a bill that paves the way for an end to the partial federal government shutdown. For more information on current park services and openings, go to

A message on the National Park Service websites announces that some parks may have areas accessible to visitors, however access can change without notice and other parks are completely closed. 

The National Park Service is not providing visitor services including restrooms, trash collection, facilities or road maintenance, according to the website's alert. 

While some National Park Service lands will be closed, the majority of Bureau of Land Management lands will remain as accessible as possible, according to a press release.

The roads, trails, boat ramps and recreation sites on BLM land will be accessible, however emergency and rescue services will be limited, according to the press release.

For more information, go to 

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Navajo Unit Coordination Meeting that was scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Farmington Civic Center was canceled due to the shutdown. The meeting will be rescheduled once the government reopens. 

Note: This article was updated to include the House and Senate vote that could lead to an end to the government shutdown.