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The Summit Road at Scotts Bluff National Monument will be open free of charge, weather permitting, from 4:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., beginning on Friday, December 21, through Sunday, December 23, 2012, so visitors may view the holiday lights of the surrounding area. Entrance fees will not be charged during these hours. The summit gates will be locked at 9:00 p.m. each evening, and all vehicles must be down from the summit by that time.
"Viewing the lights at night has been a very popular activity for many years, especially for local residents," said Superintendent Ken Mabery, "We are pleased to continue the tradition and hope that many people will take the opportunity to enjoy the nighttime view from the summit."
Visitors coming to the National Monument to view the lights are reminded that winter conditions on the summit can be hazardous due to ice and snow. Visitors should use caution when walking at night, stay on the trails, and bring a flashlight. Drivers should be alert for other visitors in the summit parking lot.
Additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules can be obtained at the Visitor Center, checking the Monument's web site at www.nps.gov/scbl, or by calling 308-436-9700. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.