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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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?
- Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Pennsylvania.
- Cabrillo National Monument, California.
- Canaveral National Seashore, Florida.
- Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Arizona.
- El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments, New Mexico.
- Flight 93 National Memorial, Pennsylvania.
- Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, South Carolina.
- Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Pennsylvania.
- Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Pennsylvania.
- Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii.
- Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.
- Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona.
- Independence Hall National Historical Park, Pennsylvania: All buildings on Independence Square, the Independence Visitor Center, Liberty Bell Center, Benjamin Franklin Museum and print shop, the Second Bank Portrait Gallery, Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, the Merchants’ Exchange Building, and the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site are closed.
- Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Pennsylvania.
- Montezuma Well, Arizona.
- Muir Woods National Monument, California.
- New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Massachusetts.
- Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Hawaii.
- Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau and Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Parks, Hawaii.
- Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
- Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Massachusetts.
- Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico.
- San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico.
- Saratoga National Historical Park, New York.
- Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey.
- Tonto National Monument, Arizona.
- White Sands National Park, New Mexico.
- Yosemite National Park, California.