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We are closely following the implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis on the national parks.

The national parks have always been a way for Americans to escape from the world and explore the beauty of the country. After a month of being at home due to the coronavirus and stay at home orders, many (including us) feel the need to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. But that has not been possible in many national parks as they have closed due to concerns about the spread of the disease and inadequate social distancing.

By late April, roughly half of the more than 400 national park system sites had closed as part of the coronavirus response. Most of the 62 national parks are also closed. The national parks sought to remain open while the country closed where it was safe to do so, but many parks ended up closing either because it was not possible to maintain social distancing amidst increased park attendance, or they were closed due to requests by local or state governments. COVID-19 has led to unprecedented changes in the United States during modern times. The lives of millions of Americans, as well as travel plans and vacations, have been been impacted.

President Trump has called on national parks to reopen as part of his Earth Day press conference. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has indicated he was committed to working “to gradually reopen our National Parks in a safe manner for the American people to once again enjoy.” In response, medical experts have cautioned against reopening too soon.

The Park Service intends to work with state and local officials to make changes to their operations to comply with public health guidance and reopen. A gradual, phased reopening can be expected at many of the closed parks.

We have looked at the status of the 62 national parks (whether they are open/closed) and if they have announced any plans to reopen yet. Here is our current research:

Acadia National Park

Acadia closed the Park Loop Road including Ocean Drive and all restrooms, carriage roads, campgrounds, visitor centers, and visitor services as of March 25, 2020.

Acadia National Park is currently closed to all visitors until June 1. The closures were extended into June in mid-April.

The Hulls Cove Visitor Center has delayed opening to June 1, 2020. Hulls Cove is the main visitor center for the park, located northwest of Bar Harbor.

There will be no camping in park campgrounds until June 15th. Blackwoods, Duck Harbor, Schoodic Woods and Seawall campground typically open in May, but that will not happen this year. The park service has been issuing refunds for cancelled reservations.

Sieur de Monts Visitor Center also has a delayed opening to June 15, 2020. This is the nature center for children that is located near the popular garden and spring. It normally is open in May on weekends.

There is no information on the Jordan Pond Website about its hours or opening plans.

More information on Acadia

Arches National Park

Arches National Park closed to all public access on Saturday, March 28, 2020. All vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians are prohibited from entering any park areas, including the campground, trails, backcountry areas, and roads. The visitor center and Devils Garden campground are also closed. There was no date for reopening as of May 2nd.

Moab hotels and motels were allowed to reopen May 1 for limited guests. The Southeast Utah Health Department public health order requires the campgrounds and dispersed camping areas in Grand County to remain closed to non-resident visitors. The Utah Governor issued an executive order on April 30 allowing businesses and dining areas to reopen with safety precautions. The order requires employees of businesses in the state to wear protective masks.

More information on Arches here

Badlands National Park

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center and park Entrance Stations closed as of 1:00PM (MDT) March 18, 2020, until further notice. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the park roads, overlooks, and trails will remain open to the public.

The South Unit of Badlands National Park closed until further notice in order to comply with the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Shelter in Place Ordinance, the Non-Essential travel, and Non-Resident Travel Ban.

Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the park roads, overlooks, and trails in the North unit will remain open to the public. The roads, trails and campgrounds in the north unit remain open.

More information on Badlands here

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park and Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River closed to all visitors on April 3, 2020 until further notice . No entry is permitted into the park, except to employees, residents, and other authorized persons. Through traffic in the park is prohibited, including travel on Terlingua Ranch Road within the park boundaries.

As of May 1st, the park remained closed until further notice and there was no date to reopen.

The National Park Service closed the park to all overnight camping and lodging on Monday, March 23rd, and closed all river operations in the park on March 20th. The closures included all park campgrounds and backcountry campsites, the RV Campground at Rio Grande Village, and the Chisos Mountain Lodge (plus restaurant).

More information on Big Bend

Biscayne National Park

Park waters remain open. However, land facilities at Convoy Point, Boca Chita, Elliott and Adams Keys are closed temporarily to public access. Visitor activities and Biscayne National Park Institute tours are suspended until further notice.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Park closures due to the coronavirus include restrooms, visitor center, campgrounds, inner-canyon routes, North Rim, and the South Rim road (beyond the visitor center).

Tomichi and Gunnison Point overlooks, as well as the Rim Rock and Oak Flat Trails remained open. The South Rim drive may be walked.

The following were closed according to state and local orders:

* The South Rim Road will remain closed beyond the Visitor Center.
* The North Rim road, and all trails on north rim are closed until further notice
* The Inner Canyon and all routes and trails that go into the inner canyon from either rim are closed
* Restrooms, visitor center, and campgrounds are closed

Black Canyon of the Gunnison announced on April 30, 2020 that it was planning to begin a phased reopening of both Black Canyon as well as Curecanti National Recreation Area.

The press release said that it planned a gradual, phased reopening beginning within the next two weeks. This would put the reopening of the national park in early to mid May.

Latest information on Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is the first Utah National Park is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. It was closed on April 7, 2020 and it will have been closed almost a month.

The primary area that will be open is the scenic road and the overlooks. The Bryce Canyon scenic road will be open for its entire length to the Rainbow Point overlook.

Hiking will also be allowed in the Bryce Amphitheater area. Other hiking trails will be closed. The only restrooms that will be open are at the Amphitheater trailheads.

The following facilities will be closed when the park reopens: Park Visitor Center and fee booths, campgrounds, Mossy Cave parking and trail area, backcountry trails and campsites, as well as the park concessionaire facilities.

More information about Bryce Canyon

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands closed all public access on Saturday, March 28, 2020. All vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians are prohibited from entering park areas including the campground, trails, backcountry areas, and roads. Island in the Sky Visitor Center, The Needles Visitor Center, Hans Flat Ranger Station, and the park stores are closed. There was no date for reopening as of May 2nd.

Moab hotels and motels were allowed to reopen May 1 for limited guests. The Southeast Utah Health Department public health order requires the campgrounds and dispersed camping areas in Grand County to remain closed to non-resident visitors. The Utah Governor issued an executive order on April 30 allowing businesses and dining areas to reopen with safety precautions. The order requires employees of businesses in the state to wear protective masks.

More information about Canyonlands

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park announced on April 9, 2020 that it will be closed to all park visitors until further notice. The closure included all recreational and overnight activities, such as camping, hiking, backpacking, and canyoneering.

Fruita, Cedar Mesa and Cathedral Valley campgrounds are all closed. The visitor center and bookstore are closed. The Gifford House is also closed.

The Cathedral Valley Road, Hartnet Road, State Route 24, Notom-Bullfrog Road, and Burr Trail remain open to pass-through traffic only.

Capitol Reef National Park announced it will partially reopen on Tuesday, May 5. The park will reopen access to Cedar Mesa campground, day use in the South District (Waterpocket Fold), day use in Cathedral Valley, and overnight stays in Cathedral Valley campground. They will also open non-trailhead pullouts along Highway 24 for scenic viewing.

More information about Capitol Reef and COVID-19

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Park roads, desert trails, and picnic areas remain open. Visitors are asked to follow CDC guidance and maintain social distancing.

As of March 21, 2020, the cavern and visitor center, including the gift shop, restaurant, and bookstore, are closed until further notice. Ranger-guided tours have also been cancelled.

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Channel Islands National Park

The park is currently open to landings on private boats. The mainland visitor center is closed until further notice and the park transporation concessioner has cancelled boat service to the island. The cancellation by the park concessioner Island Packers included all landing and non-landing trips. The modifications went into place on March 16, 2020. Boat trips were initially canceled through April 6th but these restrictions have been extended.

More information about Channel Islands

Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park was closed to all entry on April 2, 2020. They also canceled the 2020 Fireflies Festival, which was scheduled for May 11-24, 2020. The park was unable to engage in necessary preparations in March and April, and there are concerns about the ability to adhere to social distancing when more than 12,000 visitors normally attend annually.

Congaree was closed in a gradual rollout of restrictions. They closed the Harry Hampton Visitor Center and all programs in mid-March. They also closed the Longleaf campground and Bluff campgrounds shortly thereafter in the same announcement. In late March, additional restrictions were put in place to close some trails.

More information on Congaree

Crater Lake National Park

There is no permitted access to Crater Lake National Park as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Travel is permitted through the southern end of the park only on Oregon State Highway 62, which remains open for travel. The closure of the park was in response to Oregon Governor Executive Order 20-12.

More information about Crater Lake.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Portions of Cuyahoga Valley remain open. Boston Mill Visitor Center is closed until further notice and all programs are cancelled.

Visitors are asked to travel loop trails in a clockwise direction only. Follow the posted signs at trailheads and trail intersections. Move to the right if another visitor is passing. Alert others when passing (on the left). Public restrooms are closed and please use portable toilets only in case of emergency.

More information about Cuyahoga Valley

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is closed. All areas of the park are closed, including: trails, roads, viewpoints, visitor centers, restrooms, and campgrounds. All NPS campgrounds are closed, including front-country and back-country campgrounds. Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells airports are closed.

All park roads are closed. Highway 190 and Daylight Pass Road remain open to through traffic only for those on essential travel.

Panamint Springs Resort’s campground is open. Panamint Springs Resort has a pay-at-the-pump gas station and some limited amenities.

The Oasis at Death Valley is closed, except for the pay-at-the-pump gas station. They are taking reservations for June 15th and beyond.

Stovepipe Wells Resort is closed, except for pay-at-the-pump gas station and the general store.

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Denali National Park

Denali has closed all campgrounds, the Winter Visitor Center, Kennels, & Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station.

Denali National Park and Preserve announced on March 20th that it suspended issuance of climbing permits for any expeditions attempting an ascent of Denali or Mount Foraker for the 2020 mountaineering season. No permits are going to be issued for the 2020 season, since most teams begin their expeditions in May and early June.

They also announced that the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station will be closed to the public until further notice.

In late April, the park reopened the first 12 miles of the 92-mile Denali Park Road to visitors. It can be accessed by the public up to Mountain Vista Rest Area. The decision followed state health mandates easing travel restrictions and allowing non-essential businesses to open back up with safety precautions. The full length of the Denali Park Road was originally closed no Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The closures occured following state mandates directing everyone to stay home and not travel between communities.

The park is looking at only limited bus service is anticipated this summer, with expanding private vehicle access. They are also considering an expanded road lottery (such as one lottery a week), or allowing traffic further west on certain days of the week.

The park is also working to minimize the impact from the inability to house additional staffing due to social distancing, which will determine the extent to which they could facilitate additional visitors.

Dry Tortugas National Park

The National Park Service temporarily closed operations on Monday, March 16th. Dry Tortugas National closed all islands, docks, finger piers, and camping. Programs and concession tours were also cancelled. Marine waters and harbors remain open.

The Yankee Freedom is continuing to take reservations for the future, but they do not have information as to when the park will reopen.

The Florida Keys are currently closed to visitors and the Monroe County website indiciates that they do not anticipate reopening to visitors during the month of May. If you plan to enter the Keys, you need to carry backup identification or documents proving homeownership or residency. The Monroe County order also requires vacation rentals and lodging establishments to remain closed until further notice.

Learn more about the current conditions on the park website or the Yankee Freedom website.

Everglades National Park

Everglades announced on Friday, May 1, 2020 that they will begin reopening in a phased approach. Beginning May 4, Everglades National Park will reopen access to:
– Main Park Road from the Homestead entrance to Flamingo (note exceptions below)
– External restrooms at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
– Flamingo Marina and boat launch ramps
– Flamingo Marina Store, restrooms, and gas pumps
– Flamingo Fish Cleaning Station and restroom
– Chekika Day Use Area (roads and surrounding areas only)

In addition, entry fees are waived, and the following spaces continue to be available:
– Marine waters of Everglades National Park
– Beach campsites in wilderness

The following facilities remain closed at this time: Royal Palm area including the Anhinga Trail, Long Pine Key area and campground, West Lake area, Flamingo campground, all visitor centers and public buildings, concession tours and boat rentals, all other park restrooms, and other park locations such as Shark Valley and Gulf Coast.

Wilderness (backcountry) ground campsites and chickees are closed until further notice. North Nest Key and the area 100 yards from shore are also closed. Portable toilets parkwide are closed. Beach campsites are open and permits are not required.

More information about Everglades

Gates of the Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic has not officially closed but they have posted a notice to visitors that air travel access to the park and contact with information centers may be limited. Travel restrictions may exist as businesses close or greatly reduce operations to non-essential travel. Make contact before making travel plans.

The Anchorage and Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Centers are temporarily closed and the Ketchikan visitor center will be closed until June 2020.

More information on Gates of the Arctic

Gateway Arch National Park

The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse were temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. Those who have pre-purchased Tram Ride to the Top and Documentary Movie tickets will receive full refunds. The Arch grounds remain open to provide the public healthy walking and biking options.

Learn more about Gateway Arch

Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay NPS facilities are temporarily closed to non-approved entry. The campground and warming hut in Bartlett Cove are closed to campers.

Park usage is also currently limited because one of the primary ways that the park is seen is by cruise ship and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has currently issued a No Sail Order for all cruise ships. Additionally, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have halted all cruises through June 11th. Carnival and Princess have caneled all cruises through June.

The decision to close the campground happened because there is limited staffing, no handwasshing facilities, no ability to enforce social distancing, and there is evidence of community spread in Juneau, the main community through which virtually all air travel visitors transit to access Gustavus, Bartlett Cove and Glacier Bay proper.

The Bartlett Cove Public Use Dock is only be open to limited users, individuals who meet the city quarantine restrictions or who are involved in essential activities as defined by the state and city proclamations.

On April 1, the City of Gustavus issued Resolution CY20-13, which calls for any person traveling to Gustavus by vessel or airplane to complete and submit at the appropriate venue a travel declaration form, self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, and to monitor for symptom of illness.

More information about Glacier Bay

Glacier National Park

Glaicer closed to all park visitors until further notice effective 5 PM on March 27, 2020. There is no visitor access permitted to the park. US Highway 2 inside the park boundary will remain open.

More information on Glacier

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon is temporarily closed. This includes all visitor facilities, trails, and roads including Highway 64, which are closed until further notice. There were 2 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the park as of April 24th.

The NPS made the decision to close on April 1st after receiving a letter from the Health and Human Services Director and Chief Health Officer for Coconino County recommending the full closure of the park. The initial park efforts beginning March 18th included closing restaurants within the park until further notice. All lodges, restaurants and tours were suspended as of March 20th.

The suspension of administrative, research, private and commercial river rafting trips is currently restricted through June 13, 2020.

Grand Canyon National Park Lodges are currently closed through Sunday, June 14, 2020, according to the notice on their website. They hope to get back to operations on Monday, June 15th. Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel is also closed in this time period.

More information on Grand Canyon

Grand Teton National Park

No visitor access is permitted to either Grand Teton or Yellowstone. State highways and/or roads that transcend park/state boundaries and facilities that support life safety and commerce will remain open.

The Grand Teton Lodge Company has announced anticipated operating dates for some of its facilities. Colter Bay Village and Headwaters Flagg Ranch will have phased openings with campgrounds and RV Parks expected to open on June 5th. Gros Ventre Campground is expected to open May 29th. The Jenny Lake Campground and store are still to be determined. Jackson Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Lodge are not expected to operate.

The anticipated opening date for Signal Mountain Lodge run by Forever Resorts is June 5th.

More information on Grand Teton

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin is temporarily closed as of April 13, 2020. The park roads are closed, the visitor centers (both Lehman Cave and Great Basin Visitor Center) are closed, and the hiking trails are closed.

More information on Great Basin

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve closed to all park visitors until further notice effective Friday, April 17 at midnight. This closure includes all public access points, park roads, and backcountry access. It was recommended by the Alamosa County Public Health Director after the national park saw increasing visitation, crowding, and a high percentage of out-of-state visitors despite stay-at-home orders.

More information about Great Sand Dunes

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains has announced a phased reopening beginning May 9th. Many roads and trails are expected to reopen. Roads identified for reopening include Newfound Gap Road, Little River Road, Laurel Creek Road and Cades Cove Loop Road.

Park managers will examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. Campgrounds, picnic pavilions, visitor centers, and many secondary roads will remain closed during the first reopening phase, which is expected to last for at least two weeks.

The park initially announced a two-week closure following the state of Tennessee decisions to close businesses and urge people to stay home. It applied to most areas of the park including a section of 441 which cuts through the park from the southern edge of Gatlinburg to North Carolina. Only Foothills Parkway a stretch of U.S. Highway 441 known as the Spur that serves as the main road connecting Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge are open. On March 22nd, it announced that campgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms will be closed beginning on Monday, March 23.

The park has cancelled the synchronous firefly viewing event at Elkmont which happens annually in late May or early June. The area is not big enough to support social distancing with an estimated 1000 people each night.

More information about Great Smoky Mountains

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains temporarily closed on April 17, 2020. This included all trails, camping and backcountry use, which are prohibited. The decision to close was made following guidance from the CDC, state and local health officials, and NPS Public Health Service officers.

No entry will be allowed into the park, except to employees and other authorized persons. U.S. Highway 62/180 from Texas to New Mexico will remain accessible to through traffic.

More information about Guadalupe Mountains

Haleakala National Park

Haleakalā National Park has temporarily closed, including the Kīpahulu District and Summit District, as of March 21, 2020.

All visitor centers, including Haleakala Visitor Center (9,740 feet), Headquarters Visitor Center (at 7,000 feet), and the Kīpahulu Visitor Center will be closed.

All backcountry access in Wilderness areas will be closed. This temporary closure includes day-use on Halemauʻu, Keoneheʻeheʻe (or Sliding Sands), Kaupō trails, and all Crater trails; and cabin reservations and primitive campgrounds at Hōlua and Palikū.

All special events and guided programs, including hikes, walks and talks, night sky programs are cancelled until further notice.

Hawaii Governor David Ige has ordered a 14 day self-quarantine for all passengers arriving to the state after March 26, 2020 and through May 31st. Arriving or returning passengers are required to acknowledge the order and that they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, subject to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment. The statewide stay-at-home order currently runs through May 31, 2020.

More information on Haleakala

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park closed to all park visitors until further notice as of Sunday, March 22, 2020. These closures included all public areas, including trails, roads, campgrounds, the backcountry, and public restrooms are closed to visitors. All commercial tours and special use permits were suspended. The Kahuku Unit is closed.

Hawaii Governor David Ige has ordered a 14 day self-quarantine for all passengers arriving to the state after March 26, 2020 and through May 31st. Arriving or returning passengers are required to acknowledge the order and that they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, subject to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment. The statewide stay-at-home order currently runs through May 31, 2020.

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Hot Springs National Park

Most outdoor areas at Hot Springs National Park remain open and accessible to the public, including all park trails, roads, and the Grand Promenade.

The Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center and Museum closed until further notice on March 18, 2020. The Bathhouse Row Emporium, located in the Lamar Bathhouse, closed on March 18th as well. Hot Springs National Park closed the Gulpha Gorge campground, including the restrooms and picnic area, on April 2, 2020.

More information on Hot Springs

Indiana Dunes National Park

Indiana DUnes is open, but park buildings and restrooms are temporarily closed for the safety of staff and visitors until further notice.

Indiana Dunes State Park is open, but all state park campgrounds are closed in Indiana with a tentative open date of May 24th (as of May 2nd). All property offices, welcome centers, playgrounds, restaurants, shelters and enclosed picnic areas in the Indiana park system are closed. Entrance fees have been temporarily suspended and restroom availability is marked as limited.

More information on Indiana Dunes

Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale and its surrounding islands are currently closed to all visitors. The park is typically closed annually until April 15th but a closure order was issued on April 14th under the authroity of 36 CFR 1.5(a)(1). The closure included all boating use, scuba diving in park waters, as well as anchoring and other overnight uses in Isle Royale waters within 4.5 miles of shore.

Houghton Visitor Center closed on March 18, 2020 and is scheduled to reopen May 18, 2020.

Isle Royale has announced a delayed opening date for the island of June 15, 2020. All visitor facilities, including visitor centers, campgrounds, docks, trails and campgrounds will be closed to visitors until June 15 with no services until the opening date.

There have also been changes to the Isle Royale ferrys schedule. The first outbound trip from Houghton, Michigan to Rock Harbor will occur on June 30th. All trips to Windigo on the Ranger III have been cancelled for the year. The Keweenaw Waterway cruises have also been cancelled.

Full service at Rock Harbor Lodge is anticipated to begin on Friday, June 26th.

More information about Isle Royale

Joshua Tree National Park

The national park is currently closed to all visitors including hikers, bikers, and vehicles. The park closure applies to all ares including entrances, visitor centers, and campgrounds. The restroom facilities are also closed. All programs, special permit uses and campsite reservations are cancelled for this time period.

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Katmai National Park

The Brooks Camp Developed Area is closed. The closure includes commercial services in the Brooks Camp Developed Area, the campground itself, and all on-site services at Brooks Camp (including on-site public programs). The current closure order is effective until 12:01 AM on July 1, 2020. Outdoor spaces outside of the Brooks Camp Developed Area remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance.

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Kenai Fjords National Park

The Park Headquarters building and Exit Glacier area winter public use cabin and vault toilets are closed. Public spaces including the Exit Glacier area will remain open.

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Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are temporarily closed to all visitors until further notice effective March 25th. CA Hwy 180 remains open for through traffic to access Forest Service land and private property. All other park roads and parking lots are closed. Developed areas of Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are also under a closure order.

More information on Kings Canyon

Kobuk Valley National Park

The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center is temporarily closed for the safety of staff and visitors as of March 16th. The park has not indicated that it is closed however nearby local communities may have issued their own closure notices.

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Lake Clark National Park

Port Alsworth Park Headquarters, Visitor Center, and Public Use Cabins are closed. The Richard Proenneke Historic Cabin and the area within a half mile of the cabin including adjacent historic administrative cabins, Hope Creek Campsite, and all outdoor areas within the site are closed until further notice. Local communities adjacent to the park have issued their own closure notices under authority of the State of Alaska.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic has temporarily closed park-wide. This includes the followign roads: the Lassen National Park Highway at all entrances, Butte Lake, Warner Valley and Juniper Lake.

The Redding Record has indicated that the park is gearing up to be ready to open by Memorial Day weekend, although it is unclear whether they will be allowed to open.

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave has closed the visitor center, all cave tours and all campgrounds. The Lodge at Mammoth Cave was also closed. Surface trails in the park are open for hiking, biking and equestrian use.

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde temporarily closed on March 25th as of sunset. The park, including the Main Park Road, loop roads, and all public facilities are closed. All cliff dwellings and tours have been cancelled until further notice. It was the second Colorado national park to close, 5 days after RMNP closed to all visitors.

Recreational use and access to the park are prohibited. This closure was verbally approved by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior on March 25, 2020 and supported by the Governor of Colorado.

Operations at Mesa Verde are scheduled to reopen May 24th.

More information on Mesa Verde

Mount Rainier National Park

All park roads are closed to vehicles. All park visitor centers, lodges, restrooms, shops, and restaurants are closed. The Nisqually Entrance/Road is also closed to pedestrian traffic. The National Park Inn and gift shop is also closed.

Backcountry areas remain open to dispersed recreation.

A phased reopening starting with day-use facilities is anticipated in coordination with reopening at Olympic and North Cascades.

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National Park of American Samoa

The American Samoan Government issued a travel restriction on those coming from/transiting through US states with confirmed coronavirus cases. Must spend 14-days in Hawaii and acquire health clearance 3-days before entry into American Samoa.

the American Samoa government has temporarily suspended all Hawaiian Airline flights for 30-days all between Honolulu and American Samoa.

Due to border restrictions currently in place, Samoa Airways has also suspended operating services from Pago Pago to Apia.

The Visitor Center in Pago Pago is temporarily closed as of March 16.

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North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area will be closed to all park visitors until further notice. SR20 will remain open to just west of the town of Newhalem. All owners/operators of facilities where primary access is gained through NPS lands are permitted access through closed areas as necessary to maintain and/or occupy their facilities.

A phased reopening starting with day-use facilities is anticipated in coordination with reopening at Olympic and Mount Rainier.

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Olympic National Park

In response to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation by WA State, park entrance roads, facilities, campgrounds, restrooms, and beaches are closed. No services available.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center are closed.

The Makah Tribe has closed the Makah Reservation & Shi Shi Beach Trailhead to the general public until further notice. The Quileute Tribe has closed the Quileute Reservation to the general public which includes the Second Beach Trailhead.

All park concessions are closed, including Kalaloch Lodge and all Aramark concessions. Lake Quinault Lodge, Lake Crescent Lodge, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Log Cabin are temporarily closed. Anticipated reopening dates are: Sol Duc Resort (May 29), Lake Quinault Lodge (May 15), Lake Crescent Lodge (May 29) and Log Cabin Resort (June 12).

Olympic National Park, in coordination with WDFW, has temporarily closed recreational fishing parkwide.

A phased reopening starting with day-use facilities is anticipated in coordination with reopening at Mount Rainier and North Cascades.

More information on Olympic

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest is temporarily but entirely closed as of 3/24/2020. Painted Desert Visitor Center, Rainbow Forest Museum, Painted Desert Inn are closed. Painted Desert Gift Shop, Painted Desert Cafe, Painted Desert Travel Store and Gas Station, and Rainbow Forest Gift Shop are closed. Access to the park road, overlooks, wilderness reas, and trails are closed. Interpretive programing and hikes, cultural demonstraions, and visitor services will not be available at this time.

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Pinnacles National Park

Beginning Saturday, March 28th, Pinnacles National Park suspended the following services and operations: all day-use visitors and vehicular traffic, with previous trail, facility, and operational closures remaining in effect.

The campground will remain open for campers with reservations. Pinnacles is currently only open to people with campground reservations. You must have an existing reservation to enter the park. All day-use visitation is prohibited until further notice. The road past the campground will be closed until further notice. There will be no shuttle service available. To access the Bear Gulch day use area and Old Pinnacles trailhead you can hike the Bench trail (about 3 miles each way). You can also ride a bike but only on roads.

The East Side Visitor Center, West Side Contact Station, and Bear Gulch Nature Center are closed until further notice.

The following trails are closed: the Bear Gulch caves, the Balconies caves, the Steep & Narrow section of the High Peaks trail, the Moses Spring Trail to the Reservoir.

They will not be collecting fees for entry into the park until further notice. Campground reservations must be made online and paid before entering the park.

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Redwood National Park

The park remains open but modifications to operations are in effect (starting March 29th) to slow the spread of COVID-19, including closed facilities, limited services, and closures of many areas and roads to vehicles.

All Redwood National and State Parks parking areas are closed to vehicles. In addition, Davison Road, Howland Hill Road, and the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway are closed to vehicular traffic.

The following campgrounds are closed: Gold Bluffs Beach Campground, Elk Prairie Campground, Mill Creek Campground, and Jedediah Smith Campground.

The following visitor centers are closed: Thomas H. Kuchel, Prairie Creek Redwoods, Jedediah Smith Redwoods, Hiouchi and the Crescent City Information Center.

Coastal Drive and Bald Hills Road remain open and accessible. All national park trails, except for Tall Trees Grove, are open. Freshwater Beach is open.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

RMNP is closed to all park visitors as of Friday, March 20, 2020. This closure will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there will be no access permitted to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Saguaro National Park

Visitor centers, restrooms, and comfort stations are closed in accordance with CDC and local public health guidance in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Additionally all public programs are cancelled and fee collection is supended until further notice. No fires are permitted in wilderness campsites or picnic areas.

Hiking trails are open. Roads are open. The park has issued a temporary rule to the Compendium officially limiting group size to 10 people or fewer.

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Sequoia National Park

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are temporarily closed to all visitors until further notice effective March 25th. CA Hwy 180 remains open for through traffic to access Forest Service land and private property. All other park roads and parking lots are closed. Developed areas of Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are also under a closure order.

Many upcoming campground reservations have been cancelled, and this may be extended or modified as updated guidance is received.

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is temporarily closed to all access. This is a complete closure – no hiking, no biking, no entry from the boundary. All trails in Shenandoah are closed, including the Appalachian Trail.

The National Park Service (NPS) received a letter from the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District of the Virginia Department of Health recommending the full closure of Shenandoah National Park. Upon receiving this request from the health department, the Park Superintendent with the support of the NPS Deputy Director, Operations, and Secretary of the Interior, made the decision to immediately close the park until further notice.

Virginia State Highways 211 and 33 will remain accessible to pass-through.

Lodging, retail and food services are expected to be closed until June 11th and they plan to re-open on June 12th, 2020.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park was closed to recreational use on April 15, 2020. It is expected to be closed through May 8th. The temporary closure includes visitor centers, facilities, trails, and campgrounds. Visitor Centers temporarily closed as of March 18th. East River Road in Billings County will remain accessible to local residential traffic.

The park is expected to be open and operational by May 9th when the seasonal staff is ready to welcome visitors. This phased opening allows the park to be fully functional upon opening.

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Virgin Islands National Park

Cruz Bay Visitor Center is closed. Programs are cancelled, restrooms are closed. Food service, watersports rental at Trunk Bay is closed. Only mooring fees are being collected. Trails, beaches, parking areas, and waters are open.

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Voyageurs National Park

The Rainy Lake Visitor Center and Park Headquarters are temporarily closed, and camping is suspended until May 4th. This is to be in accordance with the State of Minnesota Governor’s stay-at-home guidance.

A number of operational changes for 2020 have already been announced, including there will be no further group reservations at the Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake Group Campsite (reservations already made will be honored). There will also be limited sites at King Williams Narrows and Mukooda Campgrounds.

Concession operations at Kettle Falls Hotel will be limited to sale of marina gas and portage services only. Servics after May may be limited. Beyond May, services are likely to be limited.

Park Boat tours have been suspended for the operational season.

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White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park is temporarily closed as of Sunday, March 22, 2020. As of May 1st, White Sands did not have a reopening date.

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Wind Cave National Park

The park visitor center and the Elk Mountain Campground are closed until further notice. Cave tours are cancelled until further notice due to major elevator repairs. Park roads and hiking trails remain open at this time.

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Wrangell-St Elias National Park

The NPS Administrative Office in Copper Center is temporarily closed to the public as of March 24, 2020. Services such as interpretive programs, in-person trip planning, in-person backcountry information, bear resistant food container loans, and public restrooms at the visitor centers are delayed and may resume on July 1, 2020.

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Yellowstone National Park

The park is closed to all visitors until further notice.

Xanterra anticipates re-opening beginning Monday, June 15, 2020, based on regional guidelines at that time. It has suggested that some areas of the park may be open as early as mid-May. The reopening is anticipated to have three phases with phase one to include reopening roads and major attractions, but without restaurants, gift shops and only limited gas station access. Gateway communities are expected to have at least a week’s notice before the park reopens.

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is closed to all park visitors until further notice. Yosemite National Park modified operations at the request of the local health department. All park roads, lodging, trails and campgrounds are closed.

Reservations for campgrounds and Yosemite Hospitality lodging facilities inside Yosemite will automatically be canceled, and full refunds issued, if the park is closed during your reservation dates. For campgrounds, If you would like to cancel your reservation for later in the season (beyond the dates they have currently canceled), you can do that at recreation.gov.

The anticipated opening date for Yosemite Valley lodges is currently May 15th, if it is safe to do so.

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Zion National Park

Zion has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It plans to begin providing Day Use recreational access to select areas within the park on Wednesday, May 13.

Zion National Park temporarily suspended the park’s shuttle operation effective March 17, 2020. The two roads through Zion National Park will remain open for the safety and needs of local residents only. Stopping at pull offs will be prohibited.

Zion Lodge by Xanterra anticipates reopening on May 22nd.

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Last Updated: May 02, 2020

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