With the spread of COVID-19, everyone is limited on what they can do for recreation or a change of scenery. Getting outside can be great for your health and reduce stress, but you may be limited on where you can go.
Updated: All Utah National Parks are now closded.
Some National Parks have closed, including Arches and Canyonlands. Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef are still open, but precautions have been taken such as closing campgrounds, visitor centers and certain roads and trails. Although, efforts are currently being made to close Zion Park.
There are areas where COVID-19 is spiking and it may not be possible to get out at all. Currently, in Utah, Governor Gary R. Herbert’s has given a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Directive, and state parks will remain open only to visitors residing in the same county where the state park is located. We thought it would be helpful to list state parks for each county so that you can see what state parks you are allowed to visit based on your residence:
Salt Lake County:
Box Elder County:
San Juan County:
As you visit State Parks or any hiking, please keep the following recommendations in mind to keep yourself and everyone else safe:
- Physical Distancing: Separate yourself and honor the social distance of others, avoid crowded trailheads. Stay at least six-feet away from anyone not living with you. Avoid times of highest use if possible.
- If Sick: Practice healthy hygiene and avoid visiting parks and trails if you feel ill or are having symptoms.
- Be Cautious: With our healthcare system becoming more overwhelmed, it's important to reduce potential accidents. Stick to activities that you are comfortable with and take it easy. Stay on designated trails.
- Pack Out Trash: staff is limited and some facilities may not be open. Pack your trash out with you all the way home.
Note: Circumstances may change at anytime. We recommend you checking the website of any state or national park for updated information before visiting.