Utah Coronavirus Updates

Apr 3, 2020
By: Utah.com Staff

Last Updated on July 29, 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. Visitor’s centers and park stores will remain closed. Fiery Furnace and the Devils Garden campground, will also remain closed until further notice, as is backcountry camping.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Bryce Canyon National Park has reopened nearly all recreational activities. Only a few items have still NOT resumed, including:
    • Hiking of backcountry trails and permits for backcountry camping. These activities are set to resume no later than July 1st.
    • North Campground is currently closed for paving and will reopen for first-come-first-serve camping when this rehabilitation project is completed (likely mid-July)
    • Informal ranger programs may occur within the park, but no formal programs are being offered at this time
  • 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. However, visitor centers will remain closed. In addition, the Willow Flat campground at the Island in the Sky district and the Needles campground in the Needles district of the park will also 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 has begun providing Day Use recreational access to select areas within the park. Zion National Park will be open during daylight hours only, and there’s a possibility that the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway could be closed temporarily in case of severe traffic congestion. During this time, park officials say shuttles will not be running and parking is limited. Scenic Drive will close when the parking lot is full. Other park closures include the chains section of Angels Landing, Kolob Canyons, the Weeping Rock area, all of the park’s overnight backpacking, the park’s museum and theater, wilderness and recreation permits.

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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