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Scotts Bluff National Monument will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, December 25 & 26, 2011, New Year's Day and the day after, January 1 & 2, 2012 , for the holiday season, according to Superintendent Ken Mabery.
Due to circumstances that occur once every six years, the federal holiday is proclaimed on Monday December 26th and January 2nd. a usual work day for most of the federal work force.However, at National Parks and other federal land areas, employees work seven days per week.So this year, employees would be required to work on Christmas Day and New Years Day, while their families are celebrating.Since the Federal Holiday is on Monday, and not on Sunday, this work would occur without the normal benefit of holiday pay to compensate.
"Although the additional closed day will inconvenience a few visitors, we wanted to allow our employees to celebrate on the traditional days, with their families.This arrangement will give Monument employees the appropriate time with their families for the holidays." said Ken Mabery, Superintendent of the National Monument."Sunday typically is a very slow day at the Monument during this time of the year, anyway.It is our hope that visitors can enjoy the holidays with their families, enjoy hikes at the Monument as they wish, and return on Tuesday to see the visitor center."
The holiday closing will affect the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center and the Summit Road to vehicle traffic.The monument trails will remain open from sunrise to sunset; this includes the use of the Summit Road for hiking or bicycle use.
Winter hours for the Visitor Center from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. will be in effect all other days and vehicles must be down from the summit by 5:00 p.m.
Additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules can be obtained at the Visitor Center or by calling 308-436-9700.