Updated as of 6/18/20.
As more states begin the phased re-opening of business, institutions, and public spaces, more people are itching to get out and travel as safely as possible. Bucket list destinations like America’s National Parks are in the spotlight, but it’s a patchwork of partially open, fully open, closed, and closed to camping statuses. And it can be hard to determine which National Parks are open. We’re keeping our eye on the National Parks and have put together this list of where each park stands to help you if you’re eyeing a trip in the near future. Check back every week for updates.
Recently, many parks have reopened either fully or on a limited basis. Several of the most popular parks are open but required reservations. Others are open to a limited number of first-come, first-served visitors. The majority of parks are now open to day use.
As many parks are likely to be crowded as folks begin returning, consider this an opportunity to visit one of the lesser-know National Parks. Capitol Reef, Great Basin, and Lassen Volcano are now open and are criminally underrated parks. You may find more space to social distance there.
As always, be sure to check park websites for updated info for visitors.
Now open for Camping: Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Carlsbad Caverns, Denali, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Great Basin, Great Smoky Mountains, Hot Springs, Lassen Volcano, Mammoth Cave, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain, Yosemite.
Acadia: Open but limited to state residents of those who’ve quarantined for 14 days since arrival in the state, camping tentatively scheduled to open July 1.
Hot Springs: Almost fully open, camping allowed
Everglades: Almost completely open now, camping allowed, many amenities now open
Congaree: Open, no camping. Phased opening ongoing, with some areas still off limits.
Petrified Forest: Open, no camping
Grand Canyon: Mostly open, South entrance fully open, North Rim open for day use, campsites slowly expanding availability
Joshua Tree: Open, family campsites open, amenities limited
Channel Islands: Now open, no camping. Some public boat tours are beginning to open.
Great Basin: Open, many campsites open, amenities open
Carlsbad Caverns: Cavern now open but limited to 550 first-come visitors. Camping allowed.
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: Phased reopening in progress. Campgrounds closed.
Rocky Mountain: Open, camping open, limited amenities. Timed-entry permit or camping reservations necessary to enter
Big Bend: Currently in first phase of reopening, no camping
Zion: Open, no camping, amenities open. No shuttles
Canyonlands: Open, no camping, first phase of reopening in progress, most roadways and trails open
Arches: Open to limited number of visitors every day until capacity reached, no camping
Wind Cave: Open with some areas closed, no camping, no amenities. No cave tours.
Indiana Dunes: Almost fully open, camping allowed, status dependent on visitors following correct procedures for the time being
Mammoth Cave: Now fully open
Voyageurs: Open, limited camping open, limited amenities. No boat tours for the rest of 2020.
Kings Canyon: Open, no camping, no amenities
Yosemite: Open if you have a reservation, campgrounds open to those with reservations, limited amenities
Crater Lake: Open, no camping, but amenities are now open. Hiking trails are open, but boat tours are still off limits.
Olympic: Open, no camping, amenities now open
North Cascades: Open, no camping
Glacier: Mostly open, no camping, but plenty of hiking and biking trails are now open
Grand Teton: Almost completely open. No backcountry camping.
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: Only open to specific set of pre-approved people
Denali: Open, camping allowed, limited amenities.
Kobuk Valley: Open, camping allowed, amenities closed
Gates of the Arctic: Open, camping allowed, limited amenities
American Samoa: Under restrictions
Dry Tortugas: Almost fully open, camping allowed
Hawai’i Volcanoes: Open, no camping, limited amenities.
Haleakala: Open, no camping, limited amenities
Virgin Islands: Under restrictions