TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A partial government shutdown is in full effect. Saguaro National Park rangers closed the park indefinitely Tuesday morning, tying off trail heads and locking the front gate.
"[Tuesday] morning is the first time I've ever not seen the flag go up. So, we're sad that it came to this," Saguaro National Park spokesperson Andy Fisher told 9OYS.
Outside the gate, curious onlookers and would-be visitors lined up.
"It seems unreal. I'm just now experiencing it, so I don't know what else to say, but we can't believe it's happening," Janice Clark, who is visiting from North Carolina said.
"We're over from England and it's one of the sights that we actually wanted to see to see the big cactus," tourist Marilyn Fulker said.
Starting Tuesday, some 800,000 federal workers were furloughed nationwide, uncertain when they will be able to return to work.
While a last minute bill, passed Monday, allows military members to be paid on-time despite the shutdown, civilian workers were sent home with no pay.
Davis-Monthan was forced to furlough over 1600 civilian workers. A spokeperson for Fort Huachuca says the shutdown affected another 3,000 civilian workers.