Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Public Health Update
Updated Tuesday, May 28, 2020 - 9:00 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.
The following precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is open, and can offer Essential services only, as defined by the Department of the Interior: Emergency Medical Services, law enforcement, Aids to Navigation, and public utilities (including radio, telephone and information technology services). Essential administrative services are being completed via mandatory telework. Public information will continue via the park website and telephone. All park administrative office buildings are closed until further notice. e-mail us or call during business hours 928-608-6200 for general information.
Bullfrog Main Ramp open 7 days a week. Aquatic Invasive Species staff will be present on these ramps from sunup to sundown, local time.
The Bullfrog RV Park and Campground (including laundry and shower facilities) and the Campground Store.
Defiance House Lodge and Gift Shop, Anasazi Restaurant, Boat Rentals Boat and Go Store and Bullfrog Dock and Stock.
Bullfrog Boat Rentals
Stanton Creek, both for day use and overnight camping
Halls Crossing Ramp open 7 days a week. Aquatic Invasive Species staff will be present on these ramps from sunup to sundown, local time.
Halls Crossing RV Park and Campground, Marina Store and Village Store, Laundry and Showers.
Hite RV and Campground and Outpost Store.
On Lake Powell the following services are also available: fuel docks; boat pumpouts; floating restrooms; Dangling Rope restrooms; and except for Hite, all fish cleaning stations.
Lees Ferry, Horseshoe Bend:
Lees Ferry launch ramp and restroom
The trail to Horseshoe Bend Overlook remains open. The park urges visitors to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by practicing social distancing and avoiding congregations of 10 or more people. The City of Page has updated information about the parking area.
View a comprehensive list of services that may be open or closed here.
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time until further notice:
Antelope Point Marina
Any overnight camping along the Beehive/Ferry Swale road network
Carl Hayden Visitor Center, tours of the Glen Canyon Dam
Bullfrog Visitor Center
Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
Hite fish cleaning station
Lees Ferry Campground
Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center
Glen Canyon Conservancy retail operations are temporarily suspended
The park will not issue permits, conduct on-site public or educational programs
View a comprehensive list of services that may be open or closed here.
When contemplating a visit to a national park, the NPS asks people to adhere to CDC guidance and Leave No Trace principles. The NPS encourages visitors to pack out everything you bring into a park; plan a visit at times other than busiest of the day; maintain social distance from other visitors; park only in designated areas; and reconsider parking at a crowded trailhead or overlook.
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.
Due to increased visitation expected for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, visitors to any Lake Powell beaches are advised to take standard precautions for possible water quality issues. This includes properly disposing of human and pet waste, practicing safe sanitation, washing their hands often and showering after swimming. For more information: Lake Powell Recreational Water Advisory
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:
Know before you go. 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.
Keep it close. Follow the 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.
Keep your distance. 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.
Know your limits. Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.
Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles.
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:
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View the park webcams, most positioned at launch ramps and marinas, to see park conditions district by district.
Check the Seasonal Hours to see what times the places you want to visit are open.
Check the regularly updated Road Conditions report from nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Roads that lead into or near Glen Canyon are highlighted.
News Releases cover breaking news about Glen Canyon and your visit here. Are you looking for more in-depth or ongoing information about Glen Canyon? Check our Advisories page for important issues.
Navigation hazards change daily, boaters should use caution and be very watchful of unexpected underwater hazards as well as other boaters and kayaks. Be aware of pieces of branches that could be as large as full trees floating in the lake. This debris could damage lower units when struck. 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.
We only mark the main channel with navigational and hazard buoys so if people go into side canyons be sure to go slow, watch for other boaters, kayaks, and rocks, remember to stay 150' away from other boats when going faster than wakeless speed. There are a lot of blind corners in narrow side canyons so always expect another vessel to be going the opposite direction and be ready to react if necessary.
As always, watch your children around water. If they are 12 years or younger they must wear life jackets.
Recreational water advisory: Never swim in waters that have algal scum floating on the water which may indicate that a Harmful Algal Bloom is occurring. Always wash your hands before eating, shower with soap after playing in the water, and never go in the water if you have open sores or cuts.
Cliff jumping or jumping off anything man made or natural 15' or higher is illegal. There have been several fatalities due to cliff jumping over the years.
Do not swim around boats that have engines or generators running due to the danger of prop cuts and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Boating at night is always extremely dangerous and should be avoided if possible.
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. Private vehicles: $10 per car • $5 per motorcycle Commercial van/bus: $35 up to 14 passengers • $70 up to 35 passengers • $140 over 35 passengers.
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 a mix of sunshine and cold nights. Layer up for your day out in the park. While the danger of heat illness is low, this is always a desert. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Even in winter, the sun shines brightly and you should wear sun protection. NEVER leave children or pets in parked, unattended vehicles. Expect wind! Northern Arizona is known for unpredictable winds. Afternoon storms can bring flash floods, even when the skies are blue above you. Check the forecast, especially before boating. A good place to start is the National Weather Service forecast for Page, AZ or our Weather page.
Charles Hall Ferry Current Operations
The ferry that runs between Bullfrog and Halls Crossing is currently closed for repairs. Utah travelers should know that without the ferry, State Route 276 does not connect and they must use Hwy 95 to drive north and south around Lake Powell. Find more information on the ferry page of the UDOT website.