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Saguaro National Park deals with minor issues compared to other parks amid government shutdown

Posted at 7:29 AM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 09:59:14-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Saguaro National Park is among the many national parks across the country being impacted by the government shutdown.

The shutdown has been going on for the past 13 days, forcing some federal workers to go without pay and to stay home.

The Joshua Tree National Park in California recently had to close their campground due to overflowing toilets and excessive amounts of trash.

RELATED: The government shutdown and overflowing toilets force Joshua Tree National Park to close

While the Saguaro National Park has no staff working on site, bathrooms are closed, and there is no one picking up trash, their trash cans are not overflowing.

Both visitor centers at the national park are closed since staff isn't being paid to work. Entrance fees to the park are nonexistent as no one is manning the entrance of the park.

Despite all of this, visitors flocked to the park Wednesday morning as snow fell in eastern portions of southern Arizona, including the park.

While visitors were focused on the rare view of snow on cacti, some were also perplexed when they tried to enter a restroom and were met with a locked door and sign that explained the situation.

The Grand Canyon, another national park in Arizona, continues running smoothly despite the shutdown.

RELATED: Grand Canyon still open, running smoothly during shutdown compared to other parks

That's because last year Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order that allowed for National Park Service employees to continue trash service pick-up and do regular maintenance on bathrooms.

On Wednesday Jan 2, President Donald Trump met with congressional leaders to try and put an end to the shutdown, however no decision was met.