Arizona

Oct 11, 2013 11:59 AM by Associated Press

Shutdown idles workers at bottom of Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - About 20 workers have Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon all to themselves due to the partial government shutdown.

The National Park Service and concession employees would normally be busy with work related to hikers and mule-riding tourists visiting the bottom of the canyon.

Worker Michael McNulty told the Arizona Daily Sun (http://bit.ly/GPn13o ) by phone that it feels like being on a relaxing vacation.

McNulty say the solitude is nice but that things likely will get boring without tourists around.

He says the concessionaire, Xanterra, has kept the workers well-supplied.

McNulty he says it's been a challenge to try to eat all the soon-to-expire food left in the refrigerators because of the absence of guests.

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