Alerts & Conditions


Phased Increase in Recreational Access

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 facilities and services are now OPEN:

  • Hovenweep's roads, trails, and restrooms are open.
  • As weather and staffing allow, rangers provide visitor assistance outside the visitor center 9 am–noon and 2–4 pm, Thursday through Monday.
  • Hovenweep Campground is open partially (some sites closed to promote distancing).

Hovenweep Visitor Center indoor exhibits and the park bookstore operated by Canyonlands Natural History Association remain CLOSED to public access.

When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

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

Last updated: December 11, 2020

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