Sunday, October 6 2013, 05:55 PM MDT
Protestors Climb Into Zion National Park
(KUTV) In southern Utah dozens of businesses are suffering and vacations
have been ruined due to the closure of the state's national parks.
On Saturday about 30 people climbed the fence at Zion National Park to protest the park's closure and enjoy some hiking.
group has dubbed themselves "Occupy Zion," but entering the national
park when it's closed is an act of civil disobedience.
rangers] basically said the park is closed, you'll need to come back. We
said, we know it's closed, but we're coming in anyway." said local
hiker Nick Smith.
Smith, who is the owner a local business that
specializes in hiking and climbing around Zion said the city of
Springdale has turned into a ghost town since the shutdown began last
Protestors stayed in the park for a couple of hours, walking on trails and picking up trash.
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