Gateway Arch among national parks closed due to government shutdown

By WEEK Producer

Gateway Arch among national parks closed due to government shutdown

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM CDT

ST. LOUIS, Miss. – If you were planning a trip to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, you will have to put your plans on hold.

The Gateway Arch is just one of many National parks that closed Tuesday, after Congress failed to agree on a bill to fund the Federal government.

Visitors who traveled across the country to see the arch were disappointed to find that it was barricaded.

About 4 million people visit the arch each year. Unfortunately, many are now being turned away from a chance to go up in the 630 foot tall monument.

Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park and Grand Canyon National Park are also closed.

Many parks will also have to furlough their non essential employees.

National parks are among the first government services affected by a shutdown.

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