Hearst Castle assures tourists it's still open amid government shutdown

dsneed@thetribunenews.comOctober 3, 2013 

The Neptune pool at Hearst Castle.

DOUGLAS DESPRES

Tourist attendance at Hearst Castle remains steady in spite of some confusion about whether it was closed as a result of the federal government’s shutdown.

“We haven’t seen a drop in attendance, but we have gotten a lot of calls and e-mails asking us if we are still open,” said Nick Franco, park superintendent.

Hearst Castle and the other state parks in the San Luis Obispo region remain open. Only national parks are affected by the government’s shutdown, which started Tuesday.

“On the flip side, we’ve also had inquires about campground availability from people who had been planning on camping in national parks,” Franco said.

The visitor center for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in San Simeon and the Piedras Blancas lighthouse, which is run by the federal Bureau of Land Management, are closed as a result of the shutdown.

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