National Park Service reopens some sites after pressure from governors, veterans

Among the parks are three of the most iconic sites in the U.S.: the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Statue of Liberty in New York and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

“I’m gratified the Obama administration agreed to reverse its policy and allow Arizona to reopen Grand Canyon, Arizona’s most treasured landmark and a crucial driver of revenue to the state,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement Friday…

Late last week, after several congressional committees announced that they would hold hearings examining the Park Service’s decisions, the Interior Department, which oversees the service, changed direction and said it could enter into agreements with states.

First to seal a deal was Utah, whose governor offered to “donate” $1.7 million over the next 10 days to open eight National Park Service sites, including several of the country’s most pristine parks.

Next was Colorado, followed by New York, Arizona and South Dakota.