Utah’s national parks and recreational areas have begun phased reopenings that will continue throughout the month

Nena Farrell  – May 13, 2020 | Updated May 20, 2020

As of today, Zion National Park is open with limited operations, after closing on April 3rd due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The current reopening phase is planned to be in place until at least May 21, but could be extended. In its limited operations, the park will not be operating shuttles and Scenic Drive will be closed once parking lots are full. The park will be open for day use only, and cross-country travel is not recommended. Check Zion’s alerts page  for updates on the current conditions. 

Zion will have its Riverside Walk, the Grotto Trail, Archaeology Trail, Watchman Trail, Sand Bench Trail, and others open to the public starting today, Wednesday the 13th.

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Two more of Utah’s national parks opened last week—Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef—also with limited operations. Bryce Canyon has its main road and Rainbow Road open, but the Visitor’s Center, campgrounds, Fairyland Road, and other areas remain closed. There’s no set timeline for when this phase will end at Bryce Canyon, so check the Bryce Canyon alerts page to check for any changes.

Capitol Reef had new areas open as of May 11 after reopening on May 5, including overnight stays in primitive areas, but also doesn’t have a timeline for when this phase will end at the park.

Later in the month, the rest of Utah’s national parks—Arches and Canyonlands—are scheduled to open as well, but they currently remain closed. These parks are set to open their gates May 29, with nearly all trails, roads and restrooms available to the public, but campgrounds, visitors centers, and stores are planned to remain closed come May 29th. 

Currently, no fees will be collected at any national park until further notice, but be sure to check park websites beforehand to get the latest information about fees, services, and open attractions.