For Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R), the federal government shut down meant one thing: it was important to do everything possible to keep the Grand Canyon open for visitors.

The closing of the Grand Canyon, even for a short period of time, can — and will — have a detrimental impact on Arizona’s economy.

That’s why Ducey partnered with the Department of Interior to transfer state funds to keep the park open.

And the best part of this whole situation?

The electronic billboard over one of the freeways.

And people were grateful for the move.

He even received kudos from Andy Tobin, the former Arizona State Speaker of the House, and current member of the Arizona Corporation Commission.


Get ‘errrr done.

Government efficiency? What’s that?

Not everyone was happy with how this went down, but for different reasons.

Arizona’s other national parks include the Petrified Forest and Saguaro National Park. There are also around a dozen national monuments as well. The Grand Canyon, however, is the most popular visitor destination.

Who does a government shutdown help except for the politicians?