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The visitor centers at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site will close at noon MST on Thursday, December 24 through Friday, December 25 and will also be closed on January 1, 2010. Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site will close in its entirety at 1:30 p.m. CST on December 24 through 25 and on January 1. All facilities will reopen for regular business hours on December 26 and January 2, respectively.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park will still be open for visitors on the holidays and primitive camping is available. The grounds at Knife River Indians Villages will also be open on the holidays.
“We encourage visitors to enjoy their national parks in winter,” said Valerie Naylor, state coordinator for the National Park Service in North Dakota. “Winter provides a quiet and serene backdrop for solitude, outstanding photo opportunities and interesting wildlife viewing.”
The visitor centers in the three North Dakota national parks are usually closed only three days per year – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. This year, President Barack Obama granted most federal employees an additional half-day off on December 24.