Colorado state parks are set to reopen after being shuttered due to extreme weather and extreme drought.
The National Park Service said Monday it has begun a process of reviewing its plans to close the parks, which had been closed since January.
The park system is a remnant of the last ice age.
Park Superintendent David Williams said the parks system has experienced “some very severe weather” in recent months, and has been experiencing the effects of extreme drought conditions.
Williams said that the park system has been receiving heavy rainfall from the northern Great Plains.
The state parks system had been set to open on Saturday, but it was later postponed.
The parks have had to close because of extreme weather.
Williams told the Associated Press that “there are some unforeseen and unexpected weather conditions that we’ve seen” in the past, but he said he does not know the cause.
Williams noted that some of the parks were closed for extended periods of time, but said the closure was necessary to protect visitors and staff from potential hazards.
Williams, who has served as park superintendent for the last four years, said the park service had planned to close its entire system for about a week, but due to the severe weather the park has been closed for about two weeks.
He said the agency would need to consider other options, including moving the parks out of the area.
The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife said the weather conditions caused the parks to temporarily close.
It said the systems closure will result in a loss of more than 200 employees and more than $1 million in annual operating expenses.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.