Incredible outdoor adventures, five national parks and unique rock formations combine to make a trip to Utah the experience of a lifetime. See golden bridges of rock at Arches National Park, islands carved by rivers in Canyonlands National Park and red sandstone hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park. Want to see people or not? In popular Zion National Park, go on a popular adventure wading in the Virgin River through the Narrows, or go off the beaten path on Capitol Reef National Park’s quiet canyon wash trails.
In light of the spread of COVID-19, trying to find out what is open and closed in our national parks is a moving target these days. The National Park Service is coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make its decisions on what to keep open or to close on a daily basis.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert passed a mandatory mask ordinance for public spaces for the entire state starting in Nov. 9, 2020. Under the new mask requirement, all Utah residents must wear masks in public and when within 6 feet of anyone they don’t live with.
On Feb. 2, 2021, the National Park Service announced an across-the-board mask requirement for all parks and federal buildings, commenting that the mandate is to “protect the health of those who live, work and visit our national parks and facilities,” in a statement.
“Wearing a mask around others, physical distancing, and washing your hands are the simplest and most effective public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said NPS Office of Public Health Director Captain Sara Newman.
Under the order released Feb.2, face masks are required at all times in all National Park Service buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on park service-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails. Additional public health measures may be in place at individual parks.