Zion National Park Is Partially Reopening to the Public This Week (Video)
Gatherings are limited to no more than 12 people.
Sections of Zion National Park are slated to re-open Wednesday, May 13 after weeks of coronavirus lockdown.
The park announced in a tweet Monday evening that it would resume limited daytime operations in select areas on Wednesday.
In more information provided on Zion's National Park Service page, visitors are advised to abide by social distancing rules including a limit on gatherings of no more than 12. Hikers must remain on the trails and can only access the hikes from designated trailheads. They're also urged to stagger their visits to prevent coming in close contact with fellow hikers.
Overnight backpacking, climbing and canyoneering, campgrounds, visitor centers, and museums and permit applications will not be open. Shuttle services are not running. Kolob Canyons, the Weeping Rock area, and the Angels Landing chain section will also remain closed.
Those who drive to Zion National Park may find they cannot enter by vehicle. Once the Scenic Drive’s parking lot is full, vehicle access will be closed until more spaces become available.
Elsewhere in Utah, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are expected to open to the public on May 29, according to the NPS. The phased opening will mean that all trails, roads and restrooms will likely be open to the public at that time. But much like at Zion, campgrounds, visitor centers and stores will remain closed, Bryce Canyon opened on May 6, with some restrictions.
The reopening of the parks does not mean that dangers regarding the spread of COVID-19 are gone.
“This should not serve as an open invitation to rush back to normalcy and break the necessary social distancing measures we’ve put in place,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement ahead of New Jersey parks opening on May 2.