Which National Parks are open?

Many of the national parks and their concessionaires are slowing reopening. Needless to say, this season will be far from “normal”. It will be more important than ever to check on the status of parks before you head out to visit them, especially if you have reservations for lodging or camping. All these dates could change at a moment’s notice.

Chimani Perks subscribers should check the “COVID-19 Impacts” section within each park guide for the latest information. This list below will be updated on a regular basis so bookmark it and check back.

Last updated: June 4, 2020

Acadia National Park

  • Status: Park Loop Road and most hiking trails are open
  • Hulls Cove Visitor Center:  Information stations are staffed outside main visitor center, although the actual center will remain closed to the public.
  • Most restrooms along Park Loop Road will also open.
  • Carriage roads open for pedestrian use June 5, however, and will remain closed to cyclists and equestrians until a later date due to washouts and other unsafe conditions
  • Island Explorer bus service (closed for the season).
  • Sieur de Monts Visitor Center (June 15)
  • Jordan Pond House Restaurant: open for takeout as well as indoor and outdoor seating
  • Cadillac Mountain and Thunder Hole gift shops are open.
  • Wildwood Stables (mid-June)
  • Blackwoods, Seawall, Schoodic Woods and Duck Harbor Campgrounds (July 1)
  • All persons entering Maine must quarantine for 14 days.

Badlands National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • Trails, campgrounds, and roads in the north unit are open.
  • Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains closed.
  • South Unit Closed
  • Badlands Inn (open)
  • Cedar Pass Lodge (open)
  • Cedar Pass Campground (open)
  • ​Cedar Pass Lodge Gift Shop and Restaurant are closed until further notice.

Big Bend National Park

Biscayne National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • The main park road and all viewpoints to Rainbow Point are open.
  • Trails within the Bryce Amphitheater area (May 6)
  • Visitor Center and NHA bookstore: outdoor and indoor operations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  •  Restrooms are available at Farview and Rainbow Points (24 hrs)
  • All trails within the Bryce Amphitheater area, including the Navajo Loop are open.
  • The free park shuttle has resumed and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the Bryce Amphitheater; the Rainbow Bus Tour is not operating at this time; RVs are strongly encouraged to park at the shuttle station and utilize this service or the Shared Use Path, as parking is extremely limited for larger vehicles and congested parking lots may experience short-term closures at peak times.
  • The General Store and its restrooms are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., however showers and laundry services remain closed
  • The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (June 15)

Capitol Reef National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Death Valley National Park

  • Status: Closed (TBD)
  • Through-traffic is allowed on CA-190 and Daylight Pass Road.
  • Stovepipe Wells General Store and Gas Pumps will remain open daily from 9:00am through 6:00pm daily.
  • Oasis at Death Valley (June 19)
  • Stovepipe Wells (TBD)

Denali National Park

  • Status: Open. Visitor Centers and Campgrounds are Closed
  • Road to Mountain Vista Rest Area at Mile 12 (open)
  • Denali Visitor Center tentatively planned to open July 1, 9 am to 5 pm daily. It will close on September 23.
  • Eielson Visitor Center tentatively planned to open July 1 through September 22, the end of the Denali Road Lottery.
  • Murie Science and Learning Center will not open this summer.
  • Sled dog kennels will likely be closed to visitors this summer.

Dry Tortugas National Park

  • Status: Open
  • Ferry boat and sea plane concessions have resumed tours and accept reservations.

Everglades National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • Main park road from the Homestead entrance to Flamingo (open)
  • Flamingo Marina Store, restrooms, and gas pumps (open)
  • Shark Valley and Gulf Coast visitor areas, although visitor center buildings will remain closed at this time.
  • Permits are by self-registration and there is no fee

Glacier National Park

  • Status: Closed (June 8)
  • On June 8th, the west gate entrance at West Glacier will be open until 4:30 pm each day until operations are extended.
  • Visitors will be able to access Apgar and Going-to-the-Sun Road as far as Lake McDonald Lodge.
  • Going-to-the-Sun will open to hiker/biker traffic as conditions allow.
  • Visitors will be able to access restrooms and trails that are accessible from open park roads.
  • Cedar Creek Lodge (located just outside of the park) is open.
  • East entrances from the Blackfeet Reservation will remain closed.
  • Visitor Centers and Ranger Stations will remain closed until later in the season. Overnight accommodations will be unavailable until later in the season.
  • Campgrounds, backcountry permits, additional stores, expanded tours, takeout food service, and visitor centers will remain closed.
  • Lake McDonald Lodge & Village Inn at Apgar (June 15)
  • Many Glacier Hotel & Swiftcurrent Inn (July 1)
  • Rising Sun Motor Inn & Cabins is targeted to re-open as soon as access up and over the Going-to-the-Sun Road is available.
  • Visitor Transportation Service (shuttles) will not be offered this season.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Teton National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • Primary road access (Teton Park Road, Moose-Wilson Road and North Park Road) are open.
  • Public restrooms in some areas are open.
  • Day-use hiking on seasonally-accessible trails is open.
  • Riverbank and lakeshore fishing is open.
  • Colter Bay Village – convenience store and gas station is open
  • Park visitor centers remain closed.
  • Overnight lodging remains closed.
  • Colter Bay Village – cabins (June 15), camping, tent cabins, RV operations (June 5)
  • Gros Ventre Campground is open.
  • Headwaters at Flagg Ranch – cabins (June 15), camping, tent cabins, RV operations (June 5)
  • Jenny Lake Lodge and Jackson Lake Lodge (closed for the season)
  • Jenny Lake Campground  – (June 15)
  • Signal Mountain Lodge (June 5)

Great Smoky Mountation National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • National Park Service has an extensive listed of what’s open here.
  • All park visitor centers and campgrounds remain closed at this time.
  • LeConte Lodge, Sugarlands Riding Stables, Cades Cove Riding Stables, Cades Cove Campstore, and Smokemont Riding Stables are all open.

Isle Royale National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • Park entrances, entrance booths, roads, parking lots, trails, individual/family campsites and most restroom facilities are open.
  •  All campsites are first-come, first-served until Sept. 4, 2020.
  • Visitor centers and group campsites are closed.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • Main Park Road and all overlooks including Montezuma Overlook, Park Point, and Geologic Overlook are open.
  • Cliff Palace/Balcony House Loop Drive is open.
  • Spruce Tree House Overlook is open.
  • Hiking trails are open.
  • Morefield Campground is open.
  • Far View Lodge is open.
  • Chapin Mesa Picnic Area is open.
  • Public Restrooms are open.
  • Mesa Verde Research & Visitor Center, and the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum are closed.
  • All cliff dwellings and ranger-guided cliff dwelling tours are closed.
  • Wetherill Mesa is closed.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Olympic National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has opened State Routes 410 and 123 between Enumclaw and Packwood, to include Cayuse Pass and SR410 East over Chinook Pass (to Yakima).
  • Visitors can now access the trailheads along these roads and hike in the park.
  • Visitors can access the Ohanapecosh area for walk-in day use recreation.
  • Nisqually Entrance, Paradise and Longmire areas remain closed to private vehicles.
  • Park visitor centers are closed.
  • National Park Inn (closed)
  • Paradise Inn (May 16)

North Cascades National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • Open for day use activities.
  • All campgrounds, all backcountry campsites, visitor and wilderness information centers, and Cascade River Road remain closed.

Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Status: Open with restrictions
    • The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July.
    • On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked.
  • Services are limited. Some areas and facilities remain closed.
  • Trail Ridge Road
    • Opened to vehicles on June 4. Night closures are possible depending on weather.
    • Be sure to call the Trail Ridge Road Status Line: (970) 586-1222
  • Old Fall River Road:
    • Closed to motorized vehicles until early July 2020 (weather permitting).
    • Open to pedestrians (including those with leashed pets) and bicyclists through Saturday, November 30.
    • Beginning Thursday, June 9, Old Fall River Road will be closed to all access from 6 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesdays through Fridays to allow for snowplowing operations.
  • Wild Basin Road
    • Wild Basin Road will remain closed to motorized vehicles until further notice. No reopening date has been set.
  • US Highway 36 Construction
    • Through September, major road construction will occur on US 36 inside of Rocky Mountain National Park. The work will take place on a 3-mile section of US 36, just west of Bear Lake Road junction to east of Deer Ridge Junction. This section of road will be closed nightly from 7 pm to 7 am, Sunday nights through Friday mornings. There will be no nightly closures on Friday and Saturday nights.
    • Bicyclists and motorcyclists should avoid this section of road this summer and enter the park through the Fall River Entrance.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • Most facilities remain closed – campgrounds, visitor centers, restaurants, markets, wilderness permit stations, and lodging are temporarily closed to until further notice.
  • Wuksachi Lodge, John Muir Lodge, Cedar Grove Lodge (TBD)
  • Grant Grove Cabins, Bearpaw High Sierra Camp (TBD)
  • The Peaks Restaurant, Grant Grove Restaurant, Wuksachi Pizza Deck, Cedar Grove Grill (TBD)
  • Camping reservations through www.recreation.gov will be required, no walk-up camp sites will be available this summer.
  • The Sequoia Shuttle will not be in operation this summer.
  • Lodgepole Visitor Center will not be open this summer season due to renovation project delays.
  • Crystal Cave will not be open for tours.

Shenandoah National Park

Yellowstone National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • The entire Grand Loop Road will be accessible for day use, excluding the segment between Canyon and Tower, which is closed for road construction (see map).
  • Services/facilities (including restrooms, self-service gas stations, trails/boardwalks, limited stores, entrance stations, medical clinics, approved tours) are open.
  • Campgrounds, visitor centers, and other facilities are still closed until health conditions allow for reopening.
  • Limited overnight accommodations will begin reopening later in June.
  • Yellowstone is the first national park to begin COVID-19 testing of frontline employees and partners on a weekly basis as part of a COVID-19 surveillance testing pilot project.

Yosemite National Park

  • Status: Closed
  • Yosemite Valley lodging and tours: all lodging and tour reservations are canceled through 6/10/2020.
  • All campgrounds are closed.

Zion National Park

  • Status: Open with limited operations
  • Open for day use, during daylight hours only.
  • The collection of entrance fees has been temporarily suspended at Zion National Park.
  • Roads
    • Shuttles are not operating. Parking is extremely limited and Scenic Drive will be closed when all parking is full.
    • When parking is full on the Scenic Drive, walking and biking the road is currently allowed.
    • The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway (State Route 9) is open.
    • Mount Carmel Tunnel is open.
  • Outdoor visitor orientation and information services will be in designated areas near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center.
  • Zion Lodge open with limited services.

 

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