Bryce Canyon National Park Public Health Update

Changes in Park Operations - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 11 am

Governor's Stay Home, Stay Safe directive: While open, Bryce Canyon National Park has limited services available to the public and the park is recommending visitors comply with the Governor’s directive to temporarily discourage unnecessary travel and concentrated recreational use to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. On March 27, 2020 Utah Governor Herbert issued a “Stay Safe Stay Home” Directive to combat spread of COVID-19. The goals of the directive are to flatten the curve, reduce potential impacts to local communities, reduce the strain on hospitals and the healthcare system, and minimize the impact on medical resources for those with highest need. Learn more about the directive.

The following precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • The park remains open 24 hours a day.
  • You can contact a Ranger by calling 435-834-5322 or by e-mailing the park.
  • The Visitor Center and its restrooms are closed.
  • Restrooms are currently available at the General Store (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), Sunset Point (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). No restrooms available in the park after 5 p.m.
  • The Bryce Canyon Natural History Association Bookstore remains open online, and purchases over $10 will be shipped for free. Park maps and newspapers are available outside.
  • Fee Booths remain open at this time.
  • Park campgrounds are now closed.
  • The park road is currently fully open to Rainbow Point.
  • The park's backcountry permitting process has changed call 435-834-5322 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday for more information.
  • Ranger programs have been cancelled.
  • Junior Ranger books and badges are available at fee booths and available online and can be mailed to PO Box 640201, Bryce UT, 84764 for a badge
  • Park concessions remain open at the General Store and Sunset Lodge.
  • The Lodge at Bryce Canyon has postponed its opening date. New opening date to be determined.
  • The Bryce Canyon Shuttle will delay beginning 2020 operations. New start date to be determined.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the CDC, OPM, OEM, and other federal, state, and local health authorities.

National Park Service Public Health Service Officers Recommend that Everyone Should Take the Following Routine Precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
  • In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
  • Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.

Follow this web page for the latest public health updates from the National Park Service:

Due to a high volume of phone calls, we recommend e-mailing the park for the quickest response to any questions.

Last updated: March 31, 2020

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Mailing Address:

P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764


(435) 834-5322
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