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COVID-19 and Our National Parks

We need your help. Superintendents in charge of at least two parks have requested permission from the Department of the Interior to close their units but so far no approvals have been granted! The Trump administration came up with a park response plan for COVID-19 to leave our national parks open with reduced staff/service and no entrance fees. This leaves our parks and its visitors vulnerable, but has also made them a public health safety concern! Please help us by not visiting the National Parks at this time.

Please Remember

  1. Those working who are in the National Parks today are trying to keep visitors and resources safe. However, they are experiencing floods of visitors as the national park service (NPS) waived entrance fees.
  2. If you plan to visit the parks, or your friends or loved ones do, please have alternative ways to dispose of human waste in case bathrooms are locked.
  3. For your safety please remember to enact social distancing. We urge our visitors to do their part when visiting a park to make the experience a healthy and enjoyable one. Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  4. Parks are open free, but this will increase the health risk to the public as visitors have been flooding in! One park employee reported that a visitor center at Big Bend national park was full on Monday with hundreds of people. Another shared a photo of shoulder to shoulder crowds at Zion national park waiting to board shuttle buses. (The park closed its shuttle bus system later in the day.)
  5. To help protect employees, partners, volunteers, and visitors, the National Park Service is implementing temporary closures and modifications to some park operations to promote social distancing.
  6. Please check with  individual parks  for specific details about park operations.

Click here for some additional information about what's going on within the National Park Service

Opportunities to Find Your Park Virtually

You don’t have to be in a national park to experience a national park! NPS parks and programs are sharing virtual content on their websites and social media. There are countless ways to #FindYourPark from home, here are just a few:

What Units of the National Park System are Closed?