Effigy Mounds National Monument has reopened to visitors.

The park, visitor center and hiking trails are all once again available for the public to enjoy. The park had been closed since Oct. 1 due a lapse in Congressional appropriations.

"I can't tell you how happy we are to be open again," said Effigy Mounds Superintendent Jim Nepstad. "We had several employees here this morning well before the sun came up so we could get all the signs removed and the buildings opened up."

Autumn is an ideal time to visit Effigy Mounds National Monument, so October is typically a very busy month for the park. The Visitor Center is once again open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Many programs and special events were cancelled due to the uncertainty surrounding the shutdown. Call the park at 563-873-3491 to find out about the status of any previously scheduled events for the month of October.