He acknowledged that tourists were frustrated by limitations imposed by the shutdown -- he said parks officials were, as well.
And stay out!
A Nevada couple said they were kicked out of their home in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, CNN affiliate KTNV reports.
Retirees Joyce and Ralph Spencer own a cabin on federal land, and were told last week they had 24 hours to clear out and stay out until the government reopens.
Park officials gave KTNV a statement saying overnight stays are not allowed in the park until funding is restored, but said owners can visit their properties to retrieve belongings.
While the decision has angered some commenters on KTNV's story -- some of whom suggested the decision to kick out property owners was made out of spite and encouraged the couple to sue -- Joyce Spencer said they're taking the situation in stride.
While they'd like to be allowed back in their home, the worst impact has been that she had to buy her husband new clothes they forgot while packing up to leave their cabin.
"We're not hurt in any way except it might cost me if I have to go buy more pants," she told KTNV.