Apparently, when you are visiting a state with thirty-three national monuments and parks and over half of the land is owned by the federal government, you should pay closer attention to current events. We were greeted in the parking lot of the Grand Canyon Railways by fellow Texans who share the same opinion of our government as us. They informed us the Grand Canyon was closed and the train was not operating. WHAT? !?! Who closes the Grand Canyon and no it isn't b/c I was here last night picking up my tickets and no one said anything about it being closed. Our government shut down on the day we arrived at the train station to board the train so we could all visit the Grand Canyon for the first time, an event that is on my bucket list. A very disappointed two year old waved at the train as it was being parked in the rail yard and a very disappointed eight year old did her best to hold back the tears. Daddy did his best to hold back his feelings about the government. We quickly made other plans to appease everyone and unfortunately the national parks are still closed.