Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Public Health Update
Updated Friday February 12, 2021 - 7:45 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.
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time until further notice:
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 facilities are seasonally open/closed.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 a mix of warm days and chilly nights. As spring develops, 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
This ferry runs between Bullfrog and Halls Crossing. 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 by calling the Utah Department of Transportation at 435-893-4747, or on on the ferry page of the UDOT website.