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All of Utah's National Parks will be open again by the end of the month

Arches/Canyonlands announce May 29 reopening; Zion to open Wednesday
Posted at 3:15 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 17:27:07-04

UTAH -- All five of Utah's national parks will be open by the end of May after Arches and Canyonlands announced their scheduled reopenings.

The two parks near Moab announced Monday that they will reopen May 29. All roads, trails and restrooms in the parks will be open, but visitor centers, park stores and certain campgrounds will remain closed. More information is available in the full announcement on the Arches National Park website.

Zion National Park will reopen starting Wednesday, as announced earlier this month, but with limitations, which can be found on the park's website. It will be open only for day use and only during daylight hours.

There will be no shuttle service, and with limited parking, visitors should expect "intermittent closures" of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive when parking capacity is reached. Vehicles more than 23 feet long are prohibited, and entry closes at 6 p.m. In addition, the Zion-Mt. Carmel Drive may close temporarily in the case of severe traffic congestion.

Some parts of the park will remain closed, including visitor centers, campgrounds, the Angels Landing chain section, the Narrows (depending on water flow conditions), climbing and canyoneering. The park asks those planning to visit to download and refer to its May 13-21 Information Sheet. All information is subject to change.

Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks reopened last week, also with limitations.

Capitol Reef's website says its scenic drive remains closed, as well as most overnight camping and trails.

Bryce Canyon's limitations include campgrounds and certain trails remaining closed, according to its website.