Which U.S. National Parks Are Open?
If you'd like to know which U.S. National Park is still open during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, take a look at the table below. It will be updated on a daily basis if possible. However, we cannot guarantee to be 100% up to date and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information we provide in this article.
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How to use the table: Click the national park name in the first column to get more detailed information about the status. The second last column takes you to our tips. The last column to the updated official NPS site. Always check this one! Please note: This list is not complete, as we cover the most visited and important ones.
No Entrance Fee: The parks who are still open, are usually free to enter at the moment.
Important: We do not recommend a visit to most national parks in the current situation. However, if you still plan to visit a park despite the circumstances, always stay safe and follow the CDC guidelines. Besides keeping your distance and hand-washing you can find important tips on 'how to avoid the crowds ' in our national park guides. Our 'crowd tips' are crucial at the moment. Always keep your distance to others at the moment!! Click the link in the second last column, which takes you to the respective guide. On mobile devices: Swipe the table left and right!
*Click the national park name in the first column for details about facility closures
Is Acadia National Park Open?
Acadia National Park is open. Closed are the visitor centers in Bar Harbor and the Welcome Center at the Schoodic Institute. Thus, no-in person service for visitors is available.
- Visitor Centers: Bar Harbor and Rockefeller Welcome Center are both closed!
- Other Closures: Non-COVID-19 related closure during mud season: The carriage roads are closed until further notice.
Is Bryce Canyon National Park Open?
Bryce Canyon National Parks remains open so far including the main park road. However, the visitor center and other facilities are closed.
- Visitor Center: The modern visitor center is closed and all ranger programs are cancelled. Fee booths are open.
- Park Road: The whole park road is open and accessible to the southern end of the park at Rainbow Point.
- Campground: The North Campground is open (first-come first-serve)
- Lodging & Food: The general store is open and lodging is available.
Is Death Valley National Park Open?
Death Valley National Park is open and accessible. However, most park facilities and campgrounds are closed. Your best bet is to use Panament Springs Resort as a 'base'. They keep everything open so far.
- Visitor Center(s): Furnace Creek Visitor Center as well as Stovepipe Wells Ranger Stations are both closed
- Viewpoints/Parking Lots: The parking lots at Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are closed to prevent groups of visitors at these 'high traffic' locations.
- Restrooms: Restrooms in the following locations are open: Outside Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Stovepipe Wells gas station, Emigrant, and at Panamint Springs Resort
- Gas Stations: You can find open gas stations at The Oasis, Stovepipe, and at Panamint Springs.
- Campgrounds: All campsites are closed (or will be closed shortly), except for the campground at Panamint Springs
- Lodging & Food: The Oasis and Stovepipe Wells Resort are both closed (except for the gas stations). Stores, take out food, etc. is still available in Panamint Springs Resort
Is Denali National Park Open?
Denali National Park is open and all (winter) trails are accessible. However, the visitor center is closed.
Visitor Center(s): The Winter Visitor Center is closed.
Is Glacier National Park Open?
Glacier National Park remains open so far. However, the Apgar Visitor Center is closed and there is no in-person service from the staff available for visitors.
- Visitor Center(s): The Apgar Visitor Center and the Bookstore right there are closed. Other visitor centers aren't open until late May anyway.
- Apgar Backcountry Permit Center: Backcountry permits are available here. However, the process changed due to safety reasons during COVID-19. There is information right outside the center which will guide you.
- In-Person Information: Not available via park staff. You can call them at 406-888-7800
- Entrance Fees: No entrance fees will be collected for the time being.
- Going-to-the-Sun Road: Closed as usual in winter and spring.
Is Grand Canyon National Park Open?
While many services and facilities are being shut down, Grand Canyon National Park stays open so far. Especially the South Rim Visitor Center and all information centers there are closed.
- Visitor Center(s): South Rim Visitor Center and Theater are closed, as well as Backcountry Information Center (BIC), Verkamps Visitor Center, and Museums. Pretty much any NPS services at the South Rim are closed.
- River Trips: All Grand Canyon river trips (of any kind) have been suspended.
- Shuttle Service: None of the shuttle buses are operating.
- Entrance Fees: No entrance fees will be collected for the time being.
- Campsites: Mother Campground and Trailer Village (only for full hook-up sites) are both open! However, the RV and camper services are closed. Desert view campgrounds remains closed as well.
- Lodging: All GCNP lodges are closed
Is Joshua Tree National Park Open?
Joshua National Park is open for visitors. However, services are very limited. In particular park roads are closed and all campgrounds are closed.
- Visitor Center(s): Closed!
- Park Roads: Closed to all vehicles. Park rangers enforce this closure
- Open: Trails are open. Accessible by foot or bicycle. Trails are open. Hiking trails can be accessed by walking into the park on foot in areas like the Oasis of Mara or Rattlesnake Canyon, in addition to the California Riding and Hiking Trail, Eureka Peak, as well as the High View Nature Trail via Black Rock campground.
Is Mammoth Cave National Park Open?
Mammoth Cave National Park is 'open'. However, all cave tours(!) are closed, as well as the visitor center. That means, it doesn't make sense to visit the park. You could hike outside but that's about it. Consider it closed for that reason.
Is Mount Rainier National Park Open?
Mount Rainier National Park is open. However, facilities at Paradise are closed. A self-guided winter recreation visit is possible, including include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snow camping.
- Visitor Center(s): Closed at Paradise. The Sunrise Visitor Center is closed anyway until July.
- Closed Facilites: Everything at Paradise. Especially no food service
- Open Facilities: Longmire facilities (except for the Museum) are open: The National Park Inn, as well as the gift shop are still open. Food can be purchased as take-out.
Is Rocky Mountain National Park Open?
Rocky Mountain National Park is closed to all visitors. No access to the park is permitted and park rangers enforce the closure.
Is Yellowstone National Park Open?
Update March 24: Yellowstone National Park is closed!
Yellowstone National Park is open. However, Albright Visitor Center is closed as well as the Boiling River soaking/swimming area. Visitor Center(s): Albright Visitor Center which is located at Mammoth Hot Springs is closed. Other visitor and information centers in Yellowstone NP are closed anyway during the colder months. Roads/Access: The road from Gardiner to Cooke City is open and accessible. Lodging: Lodging in Gardiner and Cooke City, as well as other locations should be available.
Is Yosemite National Park Open?
Yosemite National Park is closed! The closure will be enforced. The park is closed to all visitors, except residents, NPS employees and contractors.
Is Zion National Park Open?
Zion National Park is open. However, changes in park operations are in places and most facilities are closed. Read more details below and in the latest Zion NPS Health Update.
- Visitor Center(s): Both visitor centers are closed: The Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center. The museum is closed. All other visitor contact stations are closed as well.
- Entrance Fee: No entrance fees will be collected for the time being.
- Shuttles: All shuttle operations are suspended. Visitors are permitted to drive up to Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. However, there is limited parking only.
- Avoid the Crowds: Read our Zion guide and follow our tips on how to dodge the crowds.
Avoiding the Crowds Guide