We recognize that at times like these, parks can fill our needs to be inspired, find solace, and connect with the world around us. However, we ask the public to please recreate safely and responsibly. Avoid high-risk outdoor activities. In seeking outdoor recreation, follow to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and comply with state and local guidance.
- Know Before you Go - Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s open, be mindful of not crowding an area, have an alternative plan.
- Plan Ahead - Pack your lunch, get gas and use the bathroom before you go. Don’t make unnecessary stops. Bring the 10 Essentials and don’t forget hand sanitizer, a mask, gloves, and tissues.
- Stay Close to Home - This is not the time to travel long distances to recreate. Currently the parks are only open for day use-no lodging or camping facilities are open.
Practice Physical Distancing - Adventure only with your immediate household. Recreation with people outside of your household creates new avenues for virus transmission. Give others enough space to recreate safely. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth when you are near others. If you are sick, stay home.
Play It Safe - Choose an easier activity that reduces the chance that you might need to be rescued and add to the strain on our health care and emergency resources. Be thoughtful about your impact on local communities.
- Leave No Trace - Dispose of waste in the proper bear-resistant trash cans. If trash and recycling bins are full, take any garbage with you, including disposable gloves, masks and toilet paper, and dispose of at next available waste bin.
- Safety Plan - If you plan to check in periodically with family and friends, please recognize that we have extremely limited WiFi (Foothills and Kings Canyon visitor center areas) and little to no cellular service.