Changes in Park Operations - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 12:00 PM
The following precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) until further notice.
Zion is Busy
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Zion National Park is our number one priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for this pandemic includes social distancing. We are concerned that current visitation patterns are not meeting current CDC guidance on social distancing. If you are coming to the park, please choose to visit areas that are not crowded to allow for adequate social distancing. Areas like Angels Landing, Riverside Walk, and Upper Emerald Pools are some of our busiest trails.
As services are limited, the National Park Service urges visitors to:
We are closely monitoring COVID-19 with the federal, state, and local authorities. Outdoor spaces remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest health guidance. The National Park Service encourages people who choose to visit open park areas during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors, employees, and more vulnerable populations.
Social Distancing in Zion
According to The CDC, The Utah Department of Health, and the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, people are being asked to avoid unnecessary travel. If you must travel, please practice social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Travel with groups of 10 or less and stay 6 feet apart from other people. You can help to slow the spread by following these guidelines. In Zion, it is difficult to follow these guidelines on our busy trails (areas like Angels Landing, Riverside Walk, or Upper Emerald Pools). If trailhead parking is full, another good option is to enjoy the Scenic Drives in the park instead. For more information on these temporary precautions, please read: The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America -- 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Whitehouse.gov.
National Park Service Public Health Service Officers Recommend that Everyone Should Take the Following Routine Precautions:
Last updated: March 25, 2020