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These Arizona Parks Are Still Open During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Disclaimer: The parks on this list are still open as of March 21, 2020. Due to the unknown impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) will have on Arizona, the information here is subject to change.

The coronavirus has caused Arizona to close down a lot of establishments like restaurants, bars, gyms, schools, and much more. So, it can be a little confusing to know what is still open and when it will close if it does. Fortunately, we have a complete list of all the national parks that are still open in Arizona during the coronavirus.

The good news is that all the Arizona national parks are free to enter during the coronavirus. Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt has enforced no entrance fees to any of these parks.

Remember the Guidelines

If you should decide to visit any of these parks during the coronavirus, make sure to follow the CDC guidelines. Especially keep a distance of 6 feet between each person, don’t gather in groups larger than 10, don’t touch your face, and wash your hands frequently.

The Following Parks Are Still Open:

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Canyon de Chelly | Image credit: tsaiproject via Flickr

The White House Overlook and trail were closed as of March 12, 2020. But everything else at Canyon de Chelly is still open.

Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Chiricahua National Monument | Image credit: John Fowler via Flickr

The visitor center is closed but ranger-led activities at the Chiricahua National Monument will still continue.

Coronado National Memorial

The Coronado National Memorial is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.

Open with no restrictions.

Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Fort Bowie National Historic Site is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Fort Bowie National Historic Site | Image credit: americansouthwest.com

The visitor center is closed but ranger-led activities still continue.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area | Image credit: Bernard Spragg via Flickr

The visitor center has been moved outside, all stores and concessions are closed, and all ranger-led activities are canceled.

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Grand Canyon National Park | Image credit Grand Canyon National Park via Flickr

Very few services are available. All hotels and lodges, including Phantom Ranch, are closed. The Trailer Village will be open for full-hookup sites only. The campgrounds remain open for the time being. Most Grand Canyon hiking trails remain open.

More closures:

  • All restaurants. Some are offering takeout.
  • Ranger programs, film screenings, and cultural demonstrations.
  • Shuttle bus service throughout the park and from the town of Tusayan.
  • Hermit Road is closed
  • South Rim and Verkamp’s visitor’s centers, Yavapai Geology Museum, Kolb Studio, Tusayan Museum, and Grand Canyon Conservancy’s Park Store.
  • Everything at Desert View: the watchtower, campground, market and trading post.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area | Image credit: Tony Webster via Flickr

The visitor centers are closed but all trails and campgrounds remain open.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Montezuma Castle National Monument | Image credit: Doug Kerr via Flickr

All programs are canceled and the visitor center is also closed. But the Montezuma Castle hiking trails are still open.

Petrified Forest National Park

The Petrified Forest National Park is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Jasper Forest | Image credit: Andrew Kearns via Flickr

The visitor center and gift shop are open. But they are limiting 8 people at a time. The Petrified Forest National Park trails remain open, however.

Pipe Spring National Monument

Pipe Spring National Monument is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Pipe Spring National Monument | Image credit: Ken Lund via Flickr

The visitor center and museum are closed. The Windsor Castle viewing is open and regulated by rangers to have only 10 people at a time.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Saguaro National Park | Image credit: John Fowler via Flickr

The visitor center is closed and all public programs are canceled. Trails remain open.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument | Image credit: Jeff Hollett via Flickr

The visitor center as well as the Western National Parks Association store are closed. However, the trails remain open at this time.

Tumacácori National Historical Park

The Tumacácori National Historical Park is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Tumacácori National Historical Park

Open from 9 AM to 5 PM. However, the Anza trail is open 24 hours a day. The visitor center and museum are closed. Also, all public programs are canceled.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

The Walnut Canyon National Monument is one of the national parks in Arizona still open during the coronavirus.
Walnut Canyon National Monument | Image credit: Adam Jones via Flickr

The visitor center, Western National Parks Association store, as well as the Island Trail, are all closed.

These Are the Parks That Are Closed

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument | Image credit: ksblack99 via Flickr

The monument is closed until further notice.

Tonto National Monument

Tonto National Monument | Image credit: Midnight Believer via Flickr

Closed until further notice.

Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot National Monument | Image credit: Regina Rioux via Flickr

Closed until further notice.

All historic Parks

These parks are scheduled to be closed until at least May 8th. An example of this kind of park is Jerome State Historic Park.

Kartchner Caverns

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Unfortunately, the beautiful Kartchner Caverns are closed until further notice.

Monument Valley and Navajo Tribal Parks

Monument Valley | Image credit: Pedro Szekely via Flickr

Closed until further notice.

The Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam | Image credit: Renee Grayson via Flickr

Closed until further notice.

Remember to take all precautions if you decide to visit any of the parks in Arizona during the coronavirus pandemic. Also, be considerate of those who are more susceptible to becoming ill.

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