In light of the spread of COVID-19, those of us who had fantastic national park plans this spring are now sitting at home, imagining all the experiences we might have had had we been able to travel. Some of us hit the road anyway and are trying to find out what is open and closed in our national parks. All these closures are a moving target these days.
The National Park Service is coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make its decisions on what to keep open or to close on a daily basis.
Here is information on major parks we cover and the resources you can use to find out more about what each national park is doing to take COVID-19 precautions. In the meanwhile, we hope you stay healthy. It’s hard to stay away from the parks, especially as the weather starts to warm, but we urge you to do what we’re doing right now: dream now and travel later. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and read our weekly enewsletters to get inspired and stay in touch with the places you care so much about.
Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon West and Death Valley
Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Channel Islands and Death Valley
Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon of the Gunnison and national monuments, Dinosaur and Colorado.
Tennessee and North Carolina
Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion
Olympic and Mount Rainier
Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Other National Parks and National Park Sites
The National Park Service has been updating its COVID-19 page daily with information about individual parks. You can visit it here: www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm
Updates about nationwide NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
National Park Service to Temporarily Suspend Park Entrance Fees: www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/national-park-service-to-temporarily-suspend-park-entrance-fees.htm
National Park Service Is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/statmentonparkopscovid19.htm