In October of 2013 the US government shut down for 17 days because they were unable to come to a resolution regarding funds for the 2014 fiscal year (specifically over the Affordable Care Act). Over 800,000 government workers were furloughed and the entire National Park system was closed down. Despite the enormous boost national parks bring to local economies, only parks in Utah were able to stay open (due to state funding).
To help everyone remember how fantastic the National Parks are (even when they cannot be visited) we held a 5 week National Park Showdown to combat the National Park shutdown. Parks were assigned to a bracket-style voting competition and each week one park advanced out of each match up.
Click on the parks for a brief summary about them and scroll down to see how the voting played out.