BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's only national park is coming back to life. The end of the federal government shutdown means that Acadia National Park is reopening today.
During the shutdown, there was a skeleton crew of rangers who's primary job was to keep people out of the park. That's a tough job since there are so many ways to gain access.
"We're back to our normal job which is welcoming people to the park and bringing them in and sharing the beauty of Acadia," said Chief Park Ranger, Stuart West.
Hundreds of tourists made their way into the park for the first time in 16 days since the shutdown began. Many like Madonna and David Lowell from St. Louis were worried that they might not make it in before the end of their vacation.
"We were concerned that it would take them a couple of days to get open," said Madonna. "We decided to come and take our chances and it turned out great."
The park will remain open for the fall season until the end of October.