The Federal Government shutdown is shutting tourists out of national parks and this could lead to a significant drop in business for KOTA Territory.
Gena Eberwein is from Berlin, Germany and spending her vacation touring American landmarks. After seeing Mount Rushmore earlier this week, she was on her way to Yellowstone National Park.
"I heard nothing about the shutdown and then yesterday my friends on Facebook tell me 'Yellowstone is closed so what do you do now?' So I have to change my plans and traveling to Canada right now," said Eberwein.
Sheridan Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce employees are seeing lots of people like Eberwein.
"We're getting a lot of questions from them and some of them again are deciding to stay over a little bit longer here, some of them are deciding to cut their tours short," said chamber CEO Dixie Johnson.
Johnson admits the parks closing could help Sheridan initially, with tourists deciding to stay in town longer. But that may not last long.
"People are changing their plans. If they're not already here, already in the community, they're likely making some adjustments to their plans and deciding not to come to our area," said Johnson.
But the government shutdown could affect not just Sheridan's tourism industry but the entire country's if this is the impression given to people like Eberwein, who spent several thousands of dollars on her American vacation.
"It's really bad for me because it's my first trip to the USA and I like to see nature and animals and all this," said Eberwein.
All of the nearly 60 national parks across the country are closed during the government shutdown.