GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — River permit holders denied their scheduled launch because of the government shutdown at Grand Canyon National Park will receive a refund for fees, National Park Service officials announced Monday.
Grand Canyon National Park is shut down for only the second time since it was created in 1919.
Permit holders also will be entitled to reschedule for a Colorado River trip with their choice of dates until 2016. However, they must submit their choices within 60 days of the park's reopening.
No more than three launches will be permitted in a day and the new trip must adhere to the trip length of the chosen season.
Commercial river companies that have scheduled launches during the government shutdown will be able to carry over lost user days in the 2014 season.
Twenty-one private river launches and six commercial launches were scheduled in the first two weeks in October.
Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said details will be sent to each river permit holder outlining the options in the plan and any priority each may have.