Created: 10/09/2013 6:43 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The shutdown is affecting tourism across the state. KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to the White Sands National Monument outside Alamogordo where tourists are forced to take in the scenery through binoculars.
Tourists are exasperated.
“It’s extremely annoying at the very least," said Neretta Brobst.
"Very disappointed. We actually came from the bay area of California; the plan was to go to Carlsbad Caverns for three days. This is day three of Carlsbad Caverns and as you can see it doesn't look like the caverns," said Bill Hough.
The White Sands National Monument is closed too.
Bill Hough and his wife traveled hundreds of miles only to see what they can from the highway.
“This is about all we're going to get to see," said Hough.
Instead the couple went to the space museum and they weren’t the only ones. It seems this museum has benefitted from the shutdown.
The museum said they've seen a spike in tourists and people looking for something else to do.
“We really like the museum; we may be back if we can't find anything else to do," said Michelle Rae.
Charles and Michelle Rae traveled here from Oregon. They went to the museum when they realized the dunes were closed.
“We came all the way down from Oregon, and it’s had a major impact on our vacation, everything being closed down here," said Charles Rae.
And until the U.S. government reopens, tourists across New Mexico are having to adjust.
“I had wanted my husband to see them; I talked about them for some time when we were planning this trip, now we can't do that. We can only look at these small dunes from the highway," said Brobst.