Red Rock visitors center to be closed during Michelle Obama visit

The visitor center at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area will be closed to the public for several hours Tuesday to accommodate a visit by first lady Michelle Obama.

Officials from the Bureau of Land Management, which manages the conservation area, said the center will be closed to the public from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to accommodate a 2:45 p.m. event with Obama and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

The scenic loop, a popular driving route through the conservation area, will remain open to the public. But the first three parking pullouts on the road -- Calico I, Calico II and Sandstone Quarry -- will be off-limits from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Obama will make stops in Reno and Las Vegas to tout her Let's Move Outside campaign, which is part of her broader Let's Move initiative which aims to reduce childhood obesity.

It will also be a chance for Obama to support Reid, the Senate majority leader, who faces a tough campaign for re-election.

The Obama event is by invitation only and not open to the public


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