At 12:01 Tuesday morning, parts of the United States government officially shut down, closing many government-run buildings and parks. This including Mt. Rushmore, and the park's closing is frustrating to those who traveled across the country to see the monument.
The monument and national park that welcomes people from all over the world is now turning them away because of the government shutdown.
"I was just really excited because I had never been here. So, we drove four hours and this is what we get. It's kind of disappointing," Kaity Grabill said.
Matt and Kaity Grabill are from Ohio and made the trip to Mt. Rushmore because he thought the park would be open regardless of the shutdown.
"I thought that the Governor of South Dakota was going to keep it open using state officials, so we made the drive from Wyoming this morning to come up here. Pretty disappointed to find out that it is closed," Matt Grabill said.
That is something Romey McCoy from North Carolina heard as well.
"We didn't know until this morning in Keystone. One of the merchants down there told us that at the post office. Apparently there wasn't enough money in the slush fund to keep it open today," McCoy said.
McCoy once thought that his trip to Mount Rushmore would be a waste, especially when he saw the signs on the road.
"When we saw the sign that said no stopping along the roadway, we were a little bit disappointed because we didn't think that we'd even be able to take pictures," McCoy said.
He was eventually able to pull off and get the photos he wanted, but because of circumstances out of his control, he settles for what he can get.
"Oh, it's very disappointing. You know, you make the best of it. We've got some really good pictures from a distance. I feel fortunate that at least you can view the monument without going into the park itself," McCoy said.
There are park workers still in place keeping things organized and safe with people pulling to the side of the road to take pictures, but they have been given directions to keep people out of the park.