POSTED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 11:49pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 11:53pm
CNN — Yellowstone National Park is delaying its opening because of across the board federal budget cuts.
Pushing back the park's opening and reducing operating hours could cost Yellowstone up to $1.7 million.
Businesses in communities around Yellowstone will also feel the pinch.
Nearly 279 million people visit national parks each year.