Public Health Update
Updated Monday, August 16, 2021 - 8:05 am MST
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is gradually increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces.
Protecting Visitors, Employees, Partners, and Others during a Pandemic
COVID-19 Mask Requirement
All individuals over the age of two regardless of vaccination status must wear masks when physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations:
Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement. Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must comply with all orders regarding masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC prevention measures continue to apply to all travelers on public transit, regardless of vaccination status. Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in transportation hubs. Park staff should not ask visitors whether or not they have been vaccinated. Absent evidence to the contrary, park staff should operate as though non-masked visitors are fully vaccinated.
Our partners Glen Canyon Conservancy are operating their Page AZ flagship location, Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center, Bullfrog Visitor Center, Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, and online information.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is located in a large area across Arizona and Utah, and shares a border with the Navajo Nation. The park fully supports all state, tribal, and county ordinances issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Park facilities and concession services operate at different hours throughout the season. Low lake levels have also affected the availability of some facilities. Visit our Seasonal Hours page to learn which specific facilities are seasonally open/closed.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area visitors can be assured that the facilities in the park, including lodges, continue to monitor conditions and maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Park and concession staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in accordance with CDC guidance.
How will Lake Powell's changing water levels affect your visit?
The NPS conducts thousands of search and rescues servicewide each year, many of which could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. During the ongoing health crisis, it’s critical that we make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way. Please follow these Recreate Responsibly tips to safely spend time outside:
Visit park websites for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Make a plan, follow the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home.
Follow the tribal, state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting. The National Park Service is working closely with governors and state and local health departments as we increase access and services across the National Park System.
Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.
Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.
The lake level is changing every day: keep alert!
Navigation hazards change daily, boaters should use caution and be very watchful of unexpected underwater/freshly-out-of-the-water hazards as well as other boaters and kayaks. Hazard buoys do not mark every hazard on the water. Be aware of pieces of branches that could be as large as full trees floating in the lake. Water levels are significantly different than past seasons, so commonly known boating paths and saved GPS routes may not be safe with current lake levels.
The iconic Horseshoe Bend is a busy place. Improvements at Horseshoe Bend Overlook are currently underway, including a new accessible trail, shade structures, and a larger parking lot.
The City of Page requires Horseshoe Bend visitors to pay for parking at the Horseshoe Bend trailhead.
National Park Service passes do not apply for the parking lot. Contact the City of Page for questions about the parking at Horseshoe Bend.
Be ready for temperature extremes. Plan your day with the weather in mind. Despite the giant lake all around you, this is always a desert. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and eat salty snacks to help relpace the electrlytes you lose through sweat. Wear sun protection, hats, light loose clothing, sunscreen. Know the signs of heat and cold illnesses. NEVER leave children or pets in parked, unattended vehicles.
Charles Hall Ferry Current Operations
The ferry is not operable due to low water.
Last updated: December 8, 2021