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Grand Canyon closes indefinitely

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April 2, 2020

Grand Canyon closes indefinitely

    The Grand Canyon has closed indefinitely to visitors as of Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff at the Grand Canyon had been shutting down visitors' services on a rolling basis as the federal government initially rebuffed its request to shutter completely. 

On Tuesday, visitors still had access to restrooms, a grocery store, and bank at Grand Canyon Village, and trails along the popular South Rim. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said he finally approved the park's request at the recommendation of a county health official who said keeping the park open puts employees, residents, and tourists at risk, per the AP.

 The park reported earlier this week that a resident who worked at a lodge run by a concessionaire tested positive for COVID-19 and spent time in isolation. "It is a relief to a lot of the people in the park and community members," says Grand Canyon spokeswoman Joelle Baird. 

The Navajo Nation, who some officials worried could be decimated if hit with the coronavirus, had pleaded with the federal government to deny tourists access to the Grand Canyon.

Forty new cases pushed the total to 214 as of Wednesday while the death total remained at seven, according to tribal officials. "The closure of the park took longer than it should've, but we're glad it's finally closed," 

Navajo President Jonathan Nez said. The Grand Canyon closure includes a state highway that runs through the park's South Rim entrance and the East Rim on to the Navajo reservation. The road will be open to local traffic only.


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March 23, 2020

Our National Parks are slowly closing

    The following is a partial list of National Parks that have either closed or have seriously modified their operational status. I could seriously use a park right now.πŸ˜”


Yosemite National Park is CLOSED

Yosemite National Park is announcing modifications to operations at the request of the local health department. As of 3:00 pm today, Friday, March 20, 2020, Yosemite National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. This closure will be enforced 24-hours a day/7-days a week and there will be no access permitted to Yosemite National Park. This hurts because I had a family vacation planned there for June.😭


Yellowstone National Park is OPEN

But most facilities are closed. As of March 18, 2020, the park has temporarily closed the Albright VC and Boiling River soaking area until further notice to adhere to guidance related to COVID-19. Most other facilities in the park are already closed due to the time of year.


Grand Canyon National Park is OPEN - with limited services

Updated: Sunday March 22, 2020, 10 am. Precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) .Grand Canyon National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote public safety. As of, March 24, 2020, Grand Canyon river rafting trips including administrative, research, private and commercial trips, are suspended until May 21, 2020. Resumption of river trips will be evaluated in mid-April pending current CDC guidance and options to reschedule trips will be provided at a future date.


Rocky Mountain National Park is CLOSED

Rocky Mountain National Park has modified operations at the request of the local health department. Rocky Mountain National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice.


Great Smokey Mountains is CLOSED 

 Campgrounds, picnic areas, & restrooms are closed effective Mon. Mar. 23 through Thur. Apr. 30. Visitor Centers remain closed. Trails & roads remain open at this time, but there are no restrooms inside the park. 


Bryce Canyon is Open - Though Some Facilities Have Closed

Updated: Tuesday March 17, 2020, 5 pm. Precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).


Glacier National Park Is Modifying Operations

As of β€―March 21, 2020, the Apgar Visitor Center and Bookstore will close until further notice. The park will continue to provide visitor information through alternative means at the Apgar Visitor Center Plaza.


Death Valley National Park is CLOSED

 Most park facilities are CLOSED. Restrooms are only open at Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Stovepipe Wells, Emigrant, and Panamint Springs. Park campgrounds are closed. Visitor centers are closed.


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is  CLOSED 

In response to the latest guidance from the CDC and actions outlined by the Governor of the State of Hawaiβ€˜i,  HawaiΚ»i Volcanoes National Park will temporarily close to all park visitors until further notice as of March 22, 2020.


This list is subject to change in a heart-beat. 

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