Utah Coronavirus Updates
Apr 3, 2020
By: Utah.com Staff
Last Updated on May 19, 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:
- Arches National Park: Effective Friday, May 29, 2020, Arches National Park will reopen 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. 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: Beginning Wednesday, May 6, Bryce Canyon will reopen access to:
- The main park road and all viewpoints to Rainbow Point
- Restrooms at Sunset Point (only restrooms open within the park)
- Trails within the Bryce Amphitheater area
- Canyonlands National Park: Effective Friday, May 29, 2020, Canyonlands National Park will reopen 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. Visitors centers and park stores 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 remain closed.
- Capitol Reef National Park: Effective Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Capitol Reef National Park will reopen portions of the park to the public. Day use of the remote Waterpocket Fold and Cathedral Valley areas reopened Monday, May 11, 2020. Overnight stays at the primitive Cedar Mesa and Cathedral Valley campgrounds also reopened, along with the Goosenecks Overlook and Sunset Point trail, Panorama Point and the road to those trailheads and non-trailhead pullouts along state Route 24 for scenic viewing. Aside from Panorama Point, Goosenecks Overlook and Sunset Point, Scenic Drive and all trailheads, trails, canyoneering and climbing routes that can be reached from S.R. 24 and Scenic Drive remain closed. Overnight use of any other campgrounds aside from Cedar Mesa and Cathedral Valley is prohibited; the park’s visitor center, Gifford House and Fruita campgrounds are closed. Backpacking is suspended until further notice and permits will not be issued. Commercial use authorizations for overnight use or hiking is also suspended.
- Zion National Park: Effective Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Zion National Park will reopen and begin 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, the Canyon Overlook trail, Kolob Canyons, Zion Lodge (some services resuming on May 21), the Narrows (due to high water flow), the Weeping Rock area, all of the park’s overnight backpacking and campgrounds, the park’s museum and theater, wilderness and recreation permits.
Utah State Parks
- Utah State Parks: Utah State Parks have reopened to the public. A few visitor centers remain closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please refer to the Utah State Parks website for specific details for each park at https://stateparks.utah.gov/2020/03/16/covid-19-updates/
Additional COVID-19 Information
- More information regarding state/county/city specific restrictions, please visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/stay-at-home/
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:
- Separate yourself and honor the social distance of others (6 feet)
- Stay away from parks and recreation areas when you are sick or have symptoms
- Help keep parks clean. Practice ‘Pack it in, pack it out’ etiquette and respect facility closures.