Utah National Parks Amid Coronavirus/COVID-19

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In light of the spread of COVID-19, trying to find out what is open and closed in our national parks is 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.

Arches National Park

As of March 17, 2020, the National Park Service temporarily suspended the collection of park entrance fees. At Arches National Park, Arches Visitor Center is closed until further notice. Exhibits and park staff on the patio can assist visitors with trip planning.

The park bookstore operated by Canyonlands Natural History Association inside Arches Visitor Center is also closed. Film showings inside the visitor center are cancelled until further notice.

Ranger-led tours of the Fiery Furnace will not be offered in March. Tours already scheduled for April are subject to change as new guidance develops. Because of the cessation of direct fee collection, permits for self-guided exploration of the Fiery Furnace are not being offered.

Devils Garden Campground will not accept any new arrivals in March. Campers already in the park will be allowed to complete their current reservation. April reservations are subject to change as new guidance develops. Overnight backcountry permits are also not being offered at this time.

Park staff have set up physical barriers at contact stations to demonstrate and practice the recommended social distance of six feet. Staff ask that visitors respect these barriers, and recommend that visitors maintain this distance between themselves and other visitor groups while hiking trails and exploring the park. Arches National Park visitors can be assured that the facilities in the park that remain open are monitored and maintained to high health and wellness standards, in accordance with CDC guidance.

To follow additional closures or changes with the status of the park, visit the Arches National Park news site here www.nps.gov/arch/learn/news/

For camping reservations for Devils Garden Campground or the Fiery Furnace Loop tours, alerts and closures for Arches National Park, visit Recreation.gov here: www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/2573

Follow Arches National Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArchesNPS/

Bryce Canyon National Park

As of March 19, 2020, Bryce Canyon National Park has closed its visitor center. The Bryce Canyon Natural History Association Bookstore remains open online at www.brycecanyon.org, and purchases over $10 will be shipped for free. Park maps and newspapers are available outside.

You can contact a ranger by calling 435-834-5322 or by emailing the park using the popup form at www.nps.gov/brca/contacts.htm. Fee booths remain open at this time.The park remains open 24 hours. The park road is fully open to Rainbow Point.

Ranger programs have been cancelled, but Junior Ranger books and badges are available at fee booths and available online at www.nps.gov/brca/learn/kidsyouth/beajuniorranger.htm and can be mailed to PO Box 640201, Bryce UT, 84764 for a badge.

There’s still first-come-first-serve camping at North Campground. Park concessions remain open at the General Store and Sunset Lodge (www.brycecanyonforever.com).

To follow additional closures or changes with the status of the park, visit the Bryce Canyon National Park news site here. www.nps.gov/brca/learn/news/

For camping reservations, alerts and closures for North and Sunset campgrounds for Bryce Canyon National Park, visit Recreation.gov here: www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/2599

Follow Bryce Canyon National Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BryceCanyonnps/

Canyonlands National Park

As of March 17, 2020, The National Park Service has temporarily suspended the collection of park entrance fees.

At Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky Visitor Center, The Needles Visitor Center, and Hans Flat Ranger Station are closed until further notice. Exhibits and park staff on front patios can assist visitors with trip planning.

The park bookstores operated by Canyonlands Natural History Association inside park visitor centers are also closed. Film showings inside visitor centers are cancelled until further notice. Overnight and day-use backcountry permits may be obtained only online at www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/backcountrypermits.htm

In an effort to limit exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), park staff have set up physical barriers at outdoor visitor contact stations to demonstrate and practice the recommended social distance of 6 feet. Staff ask that visitors respect these barriers.

Canyonlands National Park visitors can be assured that the facilities in the park that remain open are monitored and maintained to high health and wellness standards, in accordance with CDC guidance.

To follow additional closures or changes with the status of Canyonlands National Park, visit the news site here. www.nps.gov/cany/learn/news/

For camping reservations, alerts and closures for Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground, visit Recreation.gov here: www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/2616

Follow Canyonlands National Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CanyonlandsNPS/

Capitol Reef National Park

As of March 19, 2020, the Capitol Reef National Park visitor center building is closed, including the bookstore. Park maps and information are available outside. Bookstore orders can be placed online from the Capitol Reef Natural History Association at www.capitolreefnha.org.

Backcountry permits are temporarily available for self-registration. Permits can be obtained at the permit box outside the visitor center.

Park staff will be available out in the park to answer questions and provide information. Staff will also be available by phone at 435-425-4111. The Gifford House is closed. Ranger programs are cancelled.

The campgrounds and restrooms are open at this time. The Fruita Campground requires a reservation. Reservations can now be made the same day online at www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/272245 or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. There is no cell service or internet in the park, so make a reservation before arriving. The nearest cell service may be at Panorama Point, 2.6 miles west of the visitor center on Utah SR-24. The nearest WiFi is in Torrey, Utah, 11 miles west of the visitor center on Utah SR-24.

Visitors can be assured that the facilities in the park continue to monitor conditions and maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in accordance with CDC guidance.

To follow additional closures or changes with the status of Capitol Reef National Park, visit the news site here. www.nps.gov/care/learn/news/

For camping reservations, alerts and closures for the Capitol Reef group campground or the Fruita Campground for Capitol Reef National Park, visit Recreation.gov here: www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/2617

Follow Capitol Reef National Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CapitolReefNPS/

Zion National Park

As of March 20, 2020, Zion National Park Entrance Stations are self-service only for the safety of staff and visitors. Entrance fees are temporarily suspended. All Zion Lodge operations will be closed starting Friday, March 20 through May 21, 2020.

Zion National Park has temporarily suspended the park’s shuttle operation (www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/zion-national-park-to-temporarily-suspend-shuttle-operation-to-comply-with-coronovirus-protective-guidelines.htm). The park itself remains open and visitors will be allowed to drive up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive until the limited parking in the main canyon has filled.

All visitor contact stations are closed until further notice because of safety and health concerns. This includes the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, Human History Museum, and Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.

Park rangers will be available in real time to answer phone calls and emails during regular business hours for information and trip planning. You can call (435) 772-3256 or email: zion_park_information@nps.gov.

The Zion Forever Project Park Store in the Visitor Center is closed.Ranger programs and park film showings are cancelled until further notice. Learn more at zionpark.org/store/

Wilderness permits continue to be available following new online procedures.Camping fees will be accepted via deposit envelopes. Tunnel escort fees will be solicited via mail-in envelopes. Learn more at www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/online-wilderness-permits.htm.

Park staff want Zion National Park visitors to be assured that the facilities in the park continue to monitor conditions and maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Park and concession staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in accordance with CDC guidance. Zion Lodge is only providing take-out food. Trail rides are only allowing groups of 10 or less.

To follow additional closures or changes with the status of the Zion National Park, visit the news site here www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/

Follow Zion National Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zionnps/

Dinosaur National Monument

As of March 19, 2020, Dinosaur National Monument’s Quarry Visitor Center and the Quarry Exhibit Hall have closed until further notice.

The outdoor areas of the monument remain open for hiking and other recreation. Park staff ask travelers to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and not gather in groups larger than 10 people.

Except for shaded areas, park staff members are reporting that most lower elevations in the monument are snow free. Varying amounts of snow cover most of the higher elevations in the monument. Unpaved roads are not maintained in the winter. Park staffers do not recommend travel on unpaved roads in the monument when wet or snow covered because of the monument’s sticky clay and soft soils. Visitors should check the weather before heading out to explore and always let someone know about their plans.

Staff ask that if you are traveling to the monument and would like additional information, please call the visitor center at (435) 781-7700 or email them using the popup form on this page www.nps.gov/dino/contacts.htm.

For up-to-date information, visit www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm.

Follow Dinosaur National Monument on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DinosaurNPS

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.

Related Stories

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

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