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National Parks: Open for Business?


Almost all the National Parks have reopened. Here's what to expect if you go.

Updated as of 6/18/20.

As of August 27, 2020, most of America's National Parks have reopened after extended closures due to the pandemic. Some still have closures that will affect your visit, but for the most part things are getting back to normal. The best advice is to check each park's website for the most up-to-date information, but we'll periodically update the list below to help guide your camping decisions.

While most of the parts are "fully open," be aware that in some cases amenities are still limited or closed.


Northeast Locations

Acadia: Almost completely open, but camping has officially closed for the season. 



Hot Springs: Fully open.

Everglades: Fully open.

Biscayne: Fully open.

Great Smoky Mountains: Mostly open, with some closures to look out for. 

Congaree: Open, camping only by permit in the backcountry.

Shenandoah: Fully open.


Southwest Locations


Saguaro: Fully open with limited amenities.

Petrified Forest: Open, backcountry camping only.

Grand Canyon: Mostly open, with some camping still limited. 



Death Valley: Fully open. 

Joshua Tree: Almost fully open.

Channel Islands: Now open, no camping. Some public boat tours are beginning to open.

Great Basin: Open, many campsites open, amenities open

Carlsbad Caverns: Fully open, though the bat viewing amphitheater remains closed.

Lassen Volcano: Almost fully open now

Pinnacles: Open, campgrounds open to those with reservations, limited number of visitors allowed



Mesa Verde: Almost fully open with camping, though tours and Visitor Center remain closed

Great Sand Dunes: Open with limited amenities

Black Canyon of the Gunnison: Open, but reservations are highly recommended.

Rocky Mountain: Almost fully open, but check for updates on timed entry permits.


New Mexico:

White Sands: Open, but no camping.



Big Bend: Closed due to COVID outbreak.

Guadalupe Mountains: Open, but no camping and no amenities.



Zion: Almost fully open. 

Bryce Canyon: Open, camping allowed, limited amenities

Canyonlands: Almost fully open.

Capitol Reef: Almost fully open.

Arches: Almost fully open, though Fiery Furnace remains closed.


Midwest Locations


South Dakota:

Badlands: Mostly open, though the South Unit has remained closed.

Wind Cave: Mostly open, but no cave tours.



Indiana Dunes:  Almost fully open, camping allowed, status dependent on visitors following correct procedures for the time being


North Dakota:

Theodore Roosevelt: Open, backcountry camping only, limited amenities



Cuyahoga Valley: Generally open, but with numerous closures, no camping, limited amenities



Mammoth Cave: Now fully open



Isle Royale: Fully open now.



Voyageurs: Fully open now.



Gateway Arch: Arch grounds are open, but Arch itself is closed, no camping, no amenities


Northwest Locations



Redwood: Open, no camping, limited amenities

Sequoia: Mostly open now.

Kings Canyon: Fully open now, but reservations are recommended.

Yosemite: Open, but reservations recommended.



Crater Lake: Open, but boat tours are still off limits. 



Mount Rainier: Mostly open now.

North Cascades: Open.



Glacier: Mostly open now.

Yellowstone: Mostly open now.



Grand Teton: Almost completely open.

Yellowstone: Open, no camping, no amenities



Glacier Bay: Open, camping allowed if reserved ahead online, no amenities

Katmai: Almost fully open, with limited amenities

Kenai Fjords: Open, camping open, limited amenities

Lake Clark: Open, camping open, no amenities

Wrangell-St. Elias: Mostly open.

Denali: Open, camping allowed.

Kobuk Valley: Open, camping allowed, amenities closed

Gates of the Arctic: Open, camping allowed, limited amenities


Other Locations:

American Samoa: Under restrictions

Dry Tortugas: Almost fully open, camping allowed

Hawai’i Volcanoes: Open, limited amenities. 

Haleakala: Open, no camping, limited amenities

Virgin Islands: Under restrictions