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5 Things to Know About Utah National Park Travel Amid COVID-19

How to Be an Informed and Mindful Traveler

While the national parks reopening during the past two years have made us optimistic about summer travel, we’ve identified 5 essential factors you should consider before you hit the road. And one last thing. Throw your propensity to assume out the window. As we’ve seen during the past two years, there are no guarantees that businesses will stay open, virus cases will go down or stay-at-home orders will be a thing of the past.

1. Every state has its own rules that vary dramatically.

Each state has different quarantine orders that vary dramatically from state to state. Within states, orders can even vary from county to county or town to town. For instance, if you pass through the Navajo Nation, you must wear a face mask.

2. Not everything in the park will be open.

Just because a national park reopens does not mean everything within the park is open. Staffing challenges may mean that there are limited services available. Be sure to check each park website to ensure that the services you need are available. Lastly, avoiding crowds and practicing Leave No Trace principles in the park are more essential now than ever with reduced park staff. We’ve teamed up with organizations and brands across the outdoor industry to help you make smart decisions on recreating to keep yourself and others healthy and to keep access to our beloved public places open. You can read more about how to #RecreateResponsibly.

3. Every town and local business is operating differently in this new normal.

Do advance research on what hotels and restaurants are open and what they are doing to keep customers and employees safe. Some restaurants may only offer take out. Others might have a long waiting list because they have fewer tables because of staffing shortages.  If you have a choice between local businesses and a national chain, consider supporting the local business.

4. Be mindful that you’re a visitor in someone’s hometown.

While you may feel footloose and fancy free after being cooped up for two years, don’t throw caution to the wind. People live in the towns you’re traveling through and they want to feel safe as they open up their economies. Many have tiny medical centers and are miles from the nearest full-service hospital. If a store posts a sign asking all customers to wear face masks, put on your face mask. Be the traveler you’d want to see visiting your town.

5. If you’re sick, stay home.

No one wants to get sick, so if you’re not feeling well or have signs of COVID-19, stay at home or if you’re on the road, head home immediately. Travel when you’re healthy

Arches National Park

If you’re planning a vacation to Arches National Park in 2022, stop what you’re doing and read this. Beginning April 3, 2022 and continuing through Oct. 3, 2022, Arches National Park will require all visitors to have a timed-entry pass. This pass is in addition to the park entrance fee everyone pays when they drive through the entrance of the park. Without your timed-entry pass, you will not be able to get into the park. Learn more here.

Visitors are encouraged to prepare ahead of time before they arrive at the park. Please consult park webpages and social media outlets for basic orientation and hiking information. Check out www.nps.gov/arch/.

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

Bryce Canyon is open but not all services may be open. 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

 Canyonlands National Park is open but not all services may be available. 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/

When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders from the Southeast Utah Health Department at www.seuhealth.com, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding, and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

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

To follow 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

Zion is open. 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

Services and openings and closings are changing on an ongoing basis. For up-to-date information, visit www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm.

When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders including the practice of social distancing, avoid crowding, wearing masks, if appropriate, and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Also, please practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.

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 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.