Update: Paul Austin, the district ranger who oversees Saguaro National Park said he received official word that the shutdown was averted at least temporarily and the parks would be operating normally tomorrow morning.
Several popular cycling routes are likely to be affected as a shutdown of the federal government is looking more and more likely.
Paul Austin, the district ranger who oversees Sagurao National Park, said if there is a shutdown the parks will be closed to the public.
Saguaro East’s Cactus Forest Loop is one of the most popular rides in Tucson and is often listed as a “must do” ride.
Austin said park police are considered essential staff and have been instructed to keep visitors out of the park while the government is shut down.
Cyclists will not be able to ride the Cactus Forrest Loop or a portion of Kinney Road in Saguaro Park West. The trails will also be closed to visitors.
Cor0nado National Forest officials, who oversee Sabino Canyon and the Mount Lemmon recreation areas, were in a meeting to determine how they would handle the shutdown. Check back this evening for an update about their plan.