Pea Ridge National Military Park announced the reopening of the entrance road off U.S. Highway 62 on Monday, August 16 and the closure of the detour. Superintendent, Kevin Eads states, “With this part of the Highway 62 mitigation construction project complete, the public can once again use the main entrance and new parking lot near the Visitor Center.” “We are appreciative of the patience and support of the public during this first phase of the project.” Eads said.
Work will now begin on the parking lot adjacent to the Visitor Center and will consist of the removal and replacement of existing pavement, roads, and sidewalks. During this time visitors will be able to park in the new parking lot and will still have access to the tour road and remainder of the park. Because of the on-going work near the Elkhorn Tavern, and for your safety, the North Loop of the horse trail remains closed until further notice. However, the short loop of the horse trail is open. This is an ongoing construction that started on 3/23/2021 and will continue until the construction is completed.
Temporary Suspension of Indoor Services due to COVID-19
The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Pea Ridge National Military Park is as follows:
Open: Park grounds, driving tour road.
Closed: Visitor Center
While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders and recreate responsibly by keeping social distance, wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick. 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.
Pea Ridge National Military Park Modifies Park
Operations and Hours
to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Pea Ridge National Military Park, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings.
Visitor Center is open to the public with a capacity of 25 people from 10 AM to 3 PM, Wednesday through Sunday when the 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in Benton County is in the moderate to low risk category. If Benton and Washington counties 7-day average of new covid numbers per 100,000, remain in high risk category. The visitor center will be closed, per our re-opening plan and the NPS criteria for risk. Please understand that this is evaluated on a day to day basis.
As of 8/17/2021, all individuals must wear masks in common areas and shared workspaces in federal buildings and in indoor spaces leased by the NPS (including open floorplan office spaces and conference rooms) regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels in that county. Masks are also required to be worn in shared government vehicles and on federal property in outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing cannot reasonably be maintained, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels in that county.
As of 7/28/2120 the Pea Ridge National Military Military Park's visitor center is closed. Due to the Benton County being in the high risk category for the 7-day average of percentage of positivity rate. This is per our re-opening plan and the National Park Service criteria for risk. Please visit the coronavius.gov or CDC.gov for more information.
As of 07/1/2021, Pea Ridge National Miliatry Park is asking visitors to practice the principles of Leave No Trace by establishing a pack in-park-out policy for all park visitors. This requires visitors to take home all refuse and recyclables they might bring into the park while visiting. These additional modifications will enable the park to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
North Horse Trail Loop Closed
Because of the on-going work near the Elkhorn Tavern, and for your safety, the North Loop of the horse trail will be closed until further notice. However, the short loop of the horse trail will remain open during this time frame. Thank you for your understanding.