Utah Coronavirus Updates

Apr 3, 2020
By: Utah.com Staff

Last Updated on October 22, 2020

Utah Coronavirus Updates: Stay current on the latest news and Park access

COVID-19 and Utah Recreation

Below is a quick glance at how the National and State Parks, Recreation Areas, and other areas across Utah have been affected by COVID-19. This is obviously not comprehensive, so please contact each park/recreation area/city individually for the most up to date information:

National Parks

  • Arches National Park: Effective Friday, May 29, 2020, Arches National Park reopened all park roads, trails and restrooms. All commercial operations that were previously permitted will also be allowed. Backcountry and climbing or canyoneering permits will be available starting May 30. Fiery Furnace remains closed until further notice, and museum exhibits and the park film theater at Arches Visitor Center also remains closed.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Bryce Canyon National Park has reopened nearly all recreational activities. Please see Bryce Canyon Public Health Updates for more details.
  • Canyonlands National Park: Effective Friday, May 29, 2020, Canyonlands National Park reopened all park roads, trails and restrooms. All commercial operations that were previously permitted will also be allowed. Backcountry and climbing or canyoneering permits will be available on May 30. Park stores operated by Canyonlands National History Association have reopened. The Needles and Island in the Sky visitor centers, museum exhibits and theaters showing park films remain closed.
  • Capitol Reef National Park: Capitol Reef National Park is fully open with implementation of their final phased resumption in operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Zion National Park: Zion National Park has reopened and park shuttles are now running, but shuttle capacity is reduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tickets are required and must be booked in advance on Recreation.gov. Private vehicles are not allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Please note the Human History Museum remains closed until further notice.

Utah State Parks

  • Utah State Parks: Utah State Parks have completely reopened to the public. Please note that some visitor centers may remain closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please refer to the Utah State Parks website for specific details for each park at stateparks.utah.gov

Navajo Tribal Parks

  • Monument Valley & Four Corners are currently CLOSED: Please note with these closures Goulding's will remain OPEN and fully operational. Goulding's will continue to offer tours in the surrounding areas such as Tear Drop Arch, lodging, restaurant, grocery store, convenience store, museum, and theatre. For additional information on the surrounding area visit Utah's Canyon Country

Additional COVID-19 Information

  • More information regarding state/county/city specific restrictions, please visit coronavirus.utah.gov

Please Recreate Responsibly

Please continue to recreate responsibly during this time. Enjoying the outdoors can certainly help us all stay sane during this COVID-19 pandemic, but please continue to follow local protocol with regards to social distancing, as well as these three guidelines:

  1. Separate yourself and honor the social distance of others (6 feet)
  2. Stay away from parks and recreation areas when you are sick or have symptoms
  3. Help keep parks clean. Practice ‘Pack it in, pack it out’ etiquette and respect facility closures.
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