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Mount Charleston, Red Rock Canyon closed due to government shutdown

Recreation areas closed for government shutdown
Recreation areas closed for government shutdown
Posted at 12:25 PM, Jan 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-22 12:23:09-05

Congress failed to agree on a funding measure that would support government services on Friday. This led to a government shutdown.

As a result, thousands of federal workers will be placed on furlough starting Monday. That includes the staff at Mount Charleston and Red Rock Canyon.

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Red Rock Canyon officials announced on Twitter that everything will still be open on Saturday and Sunday, but the gates to the Visitor Center and Scenic Drive will be closed starting Monday.

The story is similar on Mount Charleston. Programs will continue throughout Saturday and Sunday, but on Monday the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway, fee and gated areas, and restrooms will be closed.

Once Congress comes to an agreement, both Red Rock and Mount Charleston will open again.

Lake Mead officials stated that they'll try to remain "as accessible as possible" during the shutdown, but areas that require National Park Service staffing will not be open.

Federal employees placed on furlough won't be paid during their time off from work, though in previous shutdowns they were paid retroactively.