Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in response to Declarations of Emergency issued by the states of Arizona and Utah; Coconino County, Arizona; City of Page Arizona; and the Navajo Nation, is announcing additional modifications to operations to support tribal, federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of March 23, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will offer very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the following services and operations will be suspended in order to comply with the state, county, local and tribal orders:
- The park will not issue permits, conduct on-site public or educational programs or collect trash. Public restrooms, some overlooks, and campgrounds managed by Glen Canyon and concessioners are being closed. Day use areas at Wahweap Overlook and the Chains area near Page, Arizona are closing after visitors depart today. Visitor information and services are being provided on the park website and social media.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor COVID-19. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and social media.
Outdoor spaces at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance, in addition to entry fees being waived for visitors.
Public boat ramps at the Wahweap Marina, Antelope Point Marina, Bullfrog, and Halls Crossing remain open to the public. We will continue our partnership with the states of Arizona and Utah in prevention of quagga mussels. Inspection stations will be open. The park will shift to essential services only, as defined by the Department of 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.
The NPS encourages people who choose to visit Glen Canyon National Recreation Area during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, and pack all refuse out with them.
The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including webcams, and photo galleries available on our social media sites.