Continued Updates of COVID-19 Impacts on National Parks

Lots of updates across the park system this week! It was a busy week for changes in operations due to coronavirus (COVID-19). My personal opinion is that it’s best to stick to quiet sites close to home right now and respect the privacy of park staff and local communities at this time, many of which have limited medical services available to them (Grand Canyon, my old park, for example, is 1.5 hours from its closest hospital, and that hospital is likely to be filled in the near future.)

First things first, there are no update for the sites that I work at, Arlington House and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, particularly the South District.

• Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial – Building is closed for restoration & installation of all-new exhibits. While restoration & new exhibits should be complete on time (late April), reopening will be pushed back indefinitely, until at least mid-May. Arlington National Cemetery is also closed indefinitely, and one must pass through the cemetery to access the house.

• George Washington Memorial Parkway – Visitor Centers closed. Arlington House closed for separate reasons above; reopening delayed. For the South District, which I work on, we will have one ranger available daily to answer phones and one roving the Parkway. Bird walks at Dyke Marsh have been suspended through April by Friends of Dyke Marsh. All ranger programming and permits canceled through May 16th. Common locations to find a ranger on the South District at include the Marine Corps Memorial, Fort Hunt Park, Dyke Marsh, Jones Point Park, and Gravelly Point. (Please avoid parking on the grass at Gravelly Point even if others are. It’s against park regulations, we simply do not currently have the staff to enforce this). I also go to the LBJ Grove.

There are many updates for other sites:

FULLY CLOSED:

  • Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument – Birmingham Civil Rights Institute closed indefinitely
  • Selma to Montgomery NHT – Closed
  • Tuskegee Airmen NHS – Closed
  • Tuskegee Institute NHS – Closed
  • Alaska Public Lands Information Centers – Closed
  • Bering Land Bridge NPres – Closed
  • Canyon de Chelly NM – Visitors asked not to come due to shelter order from Navajo Nation President
  • Casa Grande Ruins NM – Closed
  • Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site – Closed
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument – Closed
  • Navajo National Monument – Closed
  • Petrified Forest National Park – Closed
  • Tonto National Monument. – Closed
  • Tuzigoot National Monument – Closed
  • President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site – Closed
  • Cabrillo National Monument – Closed through April 10
  • Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site – Closed
  • Fort Point National Historic Site – Closed
  • John Muir National Historic Site – Closed
  • Kings Canyon National Park – Closed; CA-180 open to access USFS land only
  • Muir Woods National Monument – Closed
  • Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial – Closed
  • Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park – Closed
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – Closed
  • Yosemite National Park – Closed
  • Mesa Verde National Park – Closed
  • Rocky Mountain National Park – Closed
    • Xanterra operations suspended until 5/21
  • Fort Caroline National Memorial – Closed
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument – Closed
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore – Closed
  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve – Closed
  • Canaveral National Seashore – Closed
  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument – Closed
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area – Closed
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument – Closed
  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – Closed
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park – Closed
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park – Closed
  • Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park – Closed
  • Haleakala National Park – Closed
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Closed
  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park – Closed
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park – Closed
  • Pearl Harbor National Memorial – Closed
  • Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site – Closed
  • Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park – Closed
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site – Closed
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park – Closed
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site – Closed
  • Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site – Closed
  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park – Closed
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park – Closed
  • Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument – Closed, for all practical purposes
  • Clara Barton National Historic Site – Closed
  • Fort Foote & Fort Washington Parks – Closed
  • Greenbelt Park – Closed
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park – Closed
  • Adams National Historical Park – Closed
  • Boston African American National Historic Site – Closed
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area – Closed
  • Boston National Historical Park – Closed
  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site – Closed
  • Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site – Closed
  • Lowell National Historical Park – Closed
  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park – Closed
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site – Closed
  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park – Closed
  • Grand Portage National Monument – Closed
  • Natchez National Historical Park – Closed
  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site – Closed
  • Glacier National Park – closed. Xanterra lodging operations suspended through 5/16.
  • Morristown National Historical Park – Closed indefinitely
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park – Closed
  • El Morro National Monument – Closed
  • Fort Union National Monument – Closed
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument – Closed
  • White Sands National Park – Closed
  • African Burial Ground National Monument – Closed
  • Castle Clinton National Monument – Closed
  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site – Closed
  • Federal Hall National Memorial – Closed
  • Fort Stanwix National Monument – Closed
  • General Grant National Memorial – Closed
  • Hamilton Grange National Memorial – Closed
  • Harriet Tubman National Historical Park – Closed
  • Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site – Closed
  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site – Closed
  • Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site – Closed
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site – Closed
  • Saratoga National Historical Park – Closed
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument – Closed
  • Stonewall National Monument – Closed
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site – Closed
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site – Closed
  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site – Closed
  • Women’s Rights National Historical Park New York – Closed
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site – Closed
  • Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument – Closed
  • First Ladies National Historic Site – Closed
  • William Howard Taft National Historic Site – Closed
  • Crater Lake National Park – Closed
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument – Closed
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park – Closed
  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site – Closed
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site – Closed
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site – Closed
  • Flight 93 National Memorial – Closed
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield – Closed
  • Friendship Hill National Historic Site – Closed
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site – Closed
  • Independence National Historical Park – Closed
  • Johnstown Flood National Memorial Pennsylvania – Closed
  • Steamtown National Historic Site – Closed
  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial – Closed
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park – Closed
  • San Juan National Historic Site – Closed
  • Roger Williams National Memorial – Closed
  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site – Closed
  • Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park – Closed
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Closed
  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument – Visitor Center Closed; tours are required to visit and are suspended
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park – Closed
  • Waco Mammoth National Monument – Closed
  • Arches National Park – Closed
  • Canyonlands National Park – Closed
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site – Closed
  • Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve – Closed
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site – Closed
  • Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument – Closed
  • Carter G Woodson Home National Historic Site – Closed
  • Constitution Gardens – Closed
  • FDR Memorial – Closed
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial – Closed
  • Lincoln Memorial – Closed
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – Closed
  • Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site – Closed
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site – Closed
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site – Closed
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial – Closed
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Closed
  • Washington Monument – Closed
  • World War II Memorial – Closed
  • Devils Tower National Monument – Closed
  • Grand Teton National Park – Closed
  • John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are closed
  • Yellowstone National Park – Closed. Yellowstone Lodges (Xanterra) closed through 5/21

    CLOSED IN PART:
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument – Private boat required due to closure of Glen Canyon marinas & Navajo Nation lockdown (closing land route).Private and commercial river trips (overnight and day-use) suspended through AprilFort Donelson National Battlefield – Visitor Center and historic buildings and exhibits closed.
  • Glacier Bay National Park
    • All facilities closed
    • Visitor services closed until 7/1 (backcountry permit season will start 5/1)
    • Yakutat Ranger Station Closed
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
    • All public buildings closed, including Park Headquarters and the Exit Glacier public use cabin and vault toilets
  • Horseshoe Bend NMP – Visitor Center closed; March 28th anniversary event canceled
  • Little River Canyon NPres – Visitor Center & Restrooms Closed
  • Russell Cave NM – Visitor Center Closed
  • Natchez Trace Parkway – Visitor Center & Contact Stations Closed
  • Denali NP – Visitor Centers Closed; 2020 Climbing Season Suspended
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska Unit) – All park facilities closed
  • Lake Clark National Park – Park Headquarters closed to public until further notice; call 907-781-2218 for assistance
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Park
    • Park Headquarters closed to public indefinitely; for information call 907-822-5234
  • National Park of American Samoa – Visitor Center closed. Travel restrictions in place (14 days in HI + health clearance 3 days before entry to American Samoa)
  • Chiricahua NM – Visitor Center and campground Closed
  • Coronado National Memorial – Visitor Center Closed
  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site – Visitor Center Closed; ranger programs continue
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
    • Carl Hayden, Escalante Interagency, and Navajo Bridge Visitor Centers closed (information available outside)
    • Glen Canyon Dam tours suspended
    • Glen Canyon Conservancy retail operations suspended
    • Ranger programs and volunteer projects suspended
    • Lake Powell Resorts and Antelope Point Marina operations suspended
    • Wahweap Overlook Closed
    • Chains area closed
    • Campgrounds closed
  • Grand Canyon National Park
    • Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Park Headquarters – closed
    • Mather campground closes 12 PM 3/27
    • Trailer Village closes 11 AM 3/27
    • Bright Angel, South Kaibab, North Kaibab Trails close 12 PM 3/27
    • Desert View Watchtower – closed
    • Yavapai Geology Museum – closed
    • Kolb Studio – closed
    • Verkamps VC – closed
    • Xanterra (El Tovar, Bright Angel Lodge, Maswick Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Hopi House, Lookout Studio, Hermits Rest, Phantom Ranch, Mule Rides, Bus Tours, South Rim Kennel) has suspended all operations though May 21st
    • Delaware North (Yavapai Lodge & Tavern, Trailer Village, Grand Canyon Market, Desert View Market, Desert View Trading Post) has suspended operations indefinitely.
    • Trailer Village only open for full hookups
    • Market only open 12-6
    • Camper Services – closed
    • Grand Canyon Conservancy Park Store – Closed
    • Ranger Programs – Suspended
    • Shuttle Bus service – Suspended
    • Desert View Cultural Demonstrations – Suspended
    • Desert View Campground – Closed
  • Lake Mead NRA (AZ/NV)
    • All Nevada entrances Closed
    • Arizona Hot Spring Trail – Closed
    • White Rock Canyon Trail – Closed
    • Goldstrike Canyon Trail – Closed
    • Temple Bar Campground – Closed
    • Nevada Telephone Cove – Closed
    • Six Mile Cove – Closed
    • Nine Mile Cove – Closed
    • Lake Mead Visitor Center – Closed
    • Park Headquarters Lobby – Closed
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
    • Visitor Center – Closed
    • Backcountry Permits Suspended
    • Group Campground – Closed
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
    • Visitor Center Closed
    • Winsor Castle Closed
    • Museum Closed
    • Grounds open
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
    • Visitor center & restrooms closed
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park
    • Visitor Center Closed
    • Museum Closed
    • Ranger programs suspended
  • Saguaro National Park
    • Visitor Centers & restrooms closed
    • Ranger programs suspended
  • Wupatki National Monument
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Lomaki Trail Closed
    • Citadel Trail closed
    • Doney Picnic Area restrooms closed
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
    • Visitor Center and Island Trail closed; Rim Trail open
  • Buffalo National River
    • Tyler Bend VC Closed
    • Buffalo Point Visitor Contact Station (VCS) Closed
    • Steel Creek VCS Closed
    • Buffalo NR HQ Closed
    • Group Campsites Closed
    • Pavilions Closed
    • Volunteer Service Groups of 10+ people Closed
    • All educational and interp programming suspended
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site
    • Visitor Center Closed
  • Hot Springs National Park
    • Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center closed
    • Programming suspended
    • Bathhouse Row Emporium Closed
    • Hot Springs Mountain Tower and other Bathhouse Row businesses – check with business in question, many closed
  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
    • Film screenings suspended through March
    • Little Rock CHS tours suspended until 4/20 at earliest
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park – Visitor Center closed
  • César E. Chávez National Monument – Visitor Center Closed; Memorial Garden open but no public restrooms
  • Channel Islands National Park
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Concession boat service to islands suspended
  • Death Valley National Park
    • Oasis at Death Valley is a Xanterra property; Xanterra has suspended all operations until 5/21.
    • Visitor Centers (Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells) Closed
    • Campgrounds Closed
    • Stovepipe Wells Village Closed
    • Panamint Springs Resort remains open
    • All permits cancelled; new issuance suspended
    • Some trailheads and secondary roads closed
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    • Alcatraz Island Closed
    • Presidio VC Closed
    • Fort Point Closed
    • Golden Gate Bridge VC – Closed
    • Lands End Lookout Closed
    • Marin Headlands VC – Closed
    • Nike Missile Site Closed
    • Point Bonita Lighthouse – Closed
    • Stinson Beach – Closed
    • Kirby Cove Campground – Closed
    • Bicentennial Campground – Closed
    • Parking Areas Closed
      • Baker Beach
      • West Bluff
      • Long Avenue
      • Battery East
      • Langdon Court
      • Navy Memorial
      • Merrie Way
      • Sloat Boulevard at Ocean Beach
  • Joshua Tree National Park
    • Closed to cars; bikers and hikers allowed
    • Campgrounds closed
    • Permits and ranger programs cancelled and suspended, respectively
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
    • Visitor Center Closed
  • Lava Beds National Monument
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Do not bring caving gear used in other caves into monument caves
  • Manzanar National Historic Site
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Block 14 exhibits closed
  • Mojave National Preserve
    • All visitor centers closed
    • Campgrounds closed
    • Restrooms closed
  • Pinnacles National Park
    • West Pinnacles Entrance closed
    • All Nature Centers closed
    • All Visitor Centers closed
    • Shuttle service suspended
    • Trail closures
      • Bear Gulch Caves Trail
      • Balconies Caves Trail
      • High Peaks Steep Trail
      • High Peaks Narrow Trail
  • Point Reyes National Seashore
    • Visitor Centers Closed
    • Campgrounds closed
    • Access has been limited to Palomarin Trailhead, Pierce Point Road, the Lighthouse parking area, and Chimney Rock parking.
      • As of 3/25 Drakes Beach, the Limantour Beach access road, Drakes Estero, and Mt Vision Road have closed indefinitely.
    • All ranger led programs and volunteer activities are suspended or canceled.
  • Redwood National Park
    • Visitor Centers closed
    • Campgrounds closed
    • Backcountry sites closed
    • Some restrooms closed
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
    • Parking lots closed
    • Visitor centers closed
    • Solstice Canyon closed
    • All trails and restrooms in Los Angeles County closed
  • Sequoia National Park
    • Closed
    • CA-180 access through park remains open to access USFS land
  • Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Tent campgrounds closed
  • Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
    • Bookstore Closed
    • Frontier Skills Day cancelled
    • Volunteer Work Weekend postponed (date TBD)
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Campground closed
  • Colorado National Monument
    • Saddlehorn Visitor Center Closed
    • Campground closed
  • Curecanti National Recreation Area
    • Elk Creek Campground closed
    • Visitor Center closed
  • Dinosaur National Monument
    • Quarry Visitor Center closed
    • River Trips canceled until further notice
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
    • Visitor Center closed
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
    • Visitor Center Closed
  • Great Sand Dunes National Preserve
    • Visitor Center Closed
    • Campground opening delayed
  • Hovenweep National Monument
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Park Bookstore closed
    • Campground closed through April
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
    • Visitor Center & Park Store closed
  • First State National Historical Park
    • Arsenal in New Castle closed
    • John Bell House closed
    • Old Swedes Historic Site closed
  • Big Cypress National Preserve
    • Visitor Centers closed
    • Ranger programs canceled
  • Biscayne National Park
    • Facilities at Convoy Point, Boca Chita, Elliott, Adams Keys Closed.
    • Visitor events suspended.
    • Biscayne NP Institute tours suspended
    • Rafting of marine vessels in park waters prohibited
  • De Soto National Memorial
    • Visitor Center closed
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
    • Concession tours suspended
    • Ranger programs suspended
    • Visitor Centers closed
    • Camping open
  • Everglades National Park
    • Miami-Dade County Access Closed (Shark Valley, Chekkia, main park road to Flamingo)
  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
    • Closed through Great Smoky Mountains National Park until 4/6 (at least)
    • Closed through Graham County starting 3/30. Proof of local residency required.
    • Camping prohibited and huts closed in Shenandoah National Park
    • ATC has requested hikers to postpone hikes on the Appalachian Trail
    • Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Centers closed
    • Many shuttles and resupply locations closed (for more, visit https://wildeast.appalachiantrail.org/explore/plan-and-prepare/hiking-basics/health/covid19/a-t-closures/)
    • North Carolina State Park facilities closed
    • Campgrounds on National Forest Land are closed
    • Fontana Hilton shelter closed by Tennessee Valley Authority
    • Trail Days in Damascus canceled
    • West Virginia under shelter order
    • All public facilities closed at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
    • Shelters and camping areas on Appalachian Trail in Maryland Closed
    • Shelters on Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources land closed
    • Hamburg Burough watershed access closed
    • Appalachian Trail shelters and privies closed in New Jersey; overnight camping discouraged
    • All buildings on Connecticut State Park & Forest land closed
    • All buildings, campsites, shelters, and privies on Massachusetts State Park and Forest land closed
    • Appalachian Mountain Club (NH) has closed all huts through the White Mountains, suspended all food service, and Suspended all staff and volunteer-led programming
    • Baxter State Park offices and headquarters closed
  • Andersonville National Historic Site
    • National Prisoner of War Museum closed
    • Historic Prison Site closed
    • Restrooms closed
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
    • Visitor Centers closed
    • Chickamauga Battlefield
      • Wilder Brigade Monument tower
      • All secondary roads
      • Park Bookstores
      • Restrooms
      • Reeds Bridge Rd picnic area
    • Lookout Mountain (Chattanooga)
      • Point Park closed
      • Ochs Museum
      • Sunset Rock Parking Lot
      • Cravens House Parking Lot
    • America’s National Parks Bookstores
    • Other park areas
      • Signal Point Parking Lot
      • Signal Point Restrooms
      • Bragg Reservation Parking Lot
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore – All facilities (visitor centers and campgrounds) closed
  • Fort Frederica National Monument – Visitor Center closed; programs suspended
  • War in the Pacific National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed
  • City of Rocks National Reserve – Visitor Center closed
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument – Visitor Center Closed
  • Craters of the Moon National Preserve – Visitor Center Closed
  • Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument – Visitor Center closed
  • Minidoka National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park – Visitor center & research center closed
  • Pullman National Monument – Visitor Center closed, restrooms closed, programs suspended
  • Indiana Dunes National Park – All buildings closed (beach access under unrelated closure until May 1)
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial – Visitor Center closed
  • Effigy Mounds National Monument – Visitor Center closed
  • Fort Larned National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site – Park Store and visitor contact desk closed
  • Nicodemus National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – All buildings closed
  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park – All buildings closed (including visitor center and Memorial); grounds and trails open
  • Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument – All public buildings closed
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park – Visitor Center & campground closed
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Cave tours suspended
    • Campground closed
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – All buildings closed
  • Acadia National Park
    • All park roads closed
    • All facilities closed
    • All carriage roads closed
    • All campgrounds closed
    • All. restrooms and visitor centers/services closed
    • Assistance available by phone or email.
  • Antietam National Battlefield
    • Visitor Center closed.
    • Observation Tower closed, reopening delayed by COVID-19.
  • Assateague Island National Seashore – Visitor Centers, campgrounds closed
  • Catoctin Mountain Park – Visitor Center closed; restrooms and drinking water unavailable
  • C & O Canal National Historical Park – Visitor centers & restrooms closed
  • Civil War Defenses of Washington – Ranger programs suspended
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine – Visitor Center & fort closed. Grounds open.
  • Hampton National Historic Site – Visitor center & mansion closed
  • Monocacy National Battlefield – Visitor Center Closed
  • Piscataway Park
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Accokeek Creek Boardwalk Closed
  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site – All buildings closed
  • Cape Cod National Seashore – All public buildings closed
  • Minute Man National Historical Park
    • Opening suspended indefinitely
    • Patriot’s Day celebration cancelled
  • Isle Royale National Park – Visitor center closed; Island closed until 4/15 at earliest regardless
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Visitor center closed
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Visitor Center closed
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area – Visitor Center closed
  • Pipestone National Monument – Visitor Center closed
  • Voyageurs National Park – Visitor Centers and HQ closed
  • Natchez Trace Parkway – Visitor Centers closed
  • Vicksburg National Military Park – Visitor center & USS Cairo Museum closed
  • Gateway Arch National Park – Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse closed
  • George Washington Carver National Monument – Visitor Center closed
  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways – Visitor center entry limited; bookstore closed; call 573-323-4236 for a ranger
  • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site – All buildings closed; programs suspended
  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed
  • Big Hole National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed Xante
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed; tours suspendedLittle Bighorn Battlefield National Monument – Visitor Center closed
  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument – Visitor Center closed
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument – Visitor Center & summit road closed
  • Homestead National Monument of America
    • Heritage and Education Centers closed
    • Palmer-Epard Cabin closed
    • Freeman School closed
    • Ranger programs suspended
    • Digital learning opportunities available, contact park
  • Great Basin National Park
    • Lehman Caves Visitor Center closed
    • Cave tours suspended
    • Campgrounds closed
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area – Public facilities closed; trails open
  • Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park – Visitor Center & Paterson Museum closed
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument – Visitor Center closed indefinitely
  • Bandelier National Monument – Mostly closed indefinitely
    • Frijoles Canyon closed
      • Visitor Center closed
      • Main Loop Trail closed
      • WNPA Store closed
      • Sirphey at Bandelier restauraunt closed
      • Tsankawi, Juniper, Ponderosa campgrounds closed
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Park store closed
    • Volcano Road closed
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park – Cavern and Visitor Center closed
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park – Visitor Center & campground closed
  • El Malpais National Monument – Visitor Center closed; cave permits suspended
  • Manhattan Project National Historical Park
    • Oak Ridge Unit Visitor Center closed (until 4/1) & programs suspended
    • Los Alamos Unit Visitor Center closed through 4/6
    • Hanford Unit Visitor Center closed & programs suspended
  • Pecos National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed; programs and fishing suspended
  • Petroglyph National Monument – Visitor Center closed
  • Fire Island National Seashore
    • Patchogue HQ closed
    • Wilderness VC closed
    • Fire Island Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters closed
  • Gateway National Recreation Area
    • All park buildings & restrooms closed
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
    • Visitor Centers closed indefinitely
    • Folk Art center closed until 4/1
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore – Visitor Centers & campgrounds closed
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore
    • Visitor Centers & cabin camps closed
    • Passenger ferry traffic to Beauford and Harkers Island suspended
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed
  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park – Visitor Center closed
  • Moores Creek National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial – Visitor Center closed
  • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site – Visitor Center & historic buildings closed
  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site – Visitor Center & “EL” closed
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park – Visitor Centers closed
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Visitor Centers closed & programs suspended
  • Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
    • Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center closed
    • Wright Cycle Co. Bike Shop closed
    • Huffman Prairie Flying Field closed
    • Paul Lawrence Dunbar House Historic Site closed
  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park – Visitor Center & restrooms closed
  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Visitor Center and Garfield Home closed
  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area – Travertine Nature Center and campgrounds closed
  • Washita Battlefield National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed & programs suspended
  • Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve – Visitor Center closed; cave tours suspended
  • Gettysburg National Military Park
    • Museum, Visitor Center, and all comfort stations closed
    • Pennsylvania Memorial upper level and all observation towers closed
  • Congaree National Park
    • Visitor Center & campgrounds closed
    • Frontcountry access closed indefinitely starting 8:00 3/27
      • Visitor center parking lots closed
      • Park entrance road closed
      • Boardwalk Trail closed
      • Bluff Trail closed
  • Cowpens National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park – Visitor Center closed
  • Ninety Six National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed
  • Reconstruction Era National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed
  • Badlands National Park – Visitor Centers closed & ranger programs suspended
  • Jewel Cave National Monument – Visitor Center closed (cave under seasonal closure due to repairs to tour route)
  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site – Delta-01 tours suspended (through 4/21) & Visitor Center closed indefinitely
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
    • Parking (Xanterra operated) open, not staffed
    • Information Center closed
    • Programs suspended
    • Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center, amphitheater, and Avenue of Flags under temporary deferred maintenance closure regardless
  • Wind Cave National Park – Visitor Center closed & programs suspended; cave tours closed due to elevator outage regardless
  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site –
    • Historic Homestead tours suspended
    • Visitor Center closed
  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area – All park Visitor Centers and campgrounds closed
  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield – Visitor Center and historic buildings and exhibits closed.
  • Obed Wild and Scenic River
    • Visitor Centers closed and programs suspended
    • Campground closed until 4/1
  • Shiloh National Military Park – Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center & Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center closed
  • Stones River National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed
  • Amistad National Recreation Area – Visitor Center & campgrounds closed
  • Big Bend National Park – Visitor centers closed & programs suspended. Day-use only
  • Big Thicket National Preserve – Visitor Center closed
  • Chamizal National Memorial – Cultural Center closed
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
    • Visitor Center & Park Store closed
    • Historic buildings closed
    • restrooms closed
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Visitor Center & all contact stations closed. Day Use Only
  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park – Visitor Centers closed (Texas White House remains under structural issue closure)
  • Padre Island National Seashore
    • Visitor Center closed
    • Yarborough Pass closed
    • Day use only (campgrounds closed)
  • Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River – All river operations and trips suspended & Visitor Centers closed
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park – All park facilities closed
  • Bryce Canyon National Park – Visitor Center and North Campground closed
  • Capitol Reef National Park
    • Visitor Center, Gifford House, and Fruita campground closed
  • Golden Spike National Historical Park – Visitor Center & Engine House closed
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
    • Campground closed through April
    • Visitor Center & bookstore closed
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument – Private boat required due to closure of Glen Canyon marinas & Navajo Nation lockdown (closing land route).
  • Zion National Park
    • Angel’s Landing Trail closed beyond Scout’s Lookout/West Rim Trail junction.
    • Zion Canyon Visitor Center closed
    • Human History museum closed
    • Kolob Canyons Visitor Center closed
    • Zion Lodge closed
    • Park Store closed
    • Shuttle service suspended. Private vehicle entry to Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is being regulated by parking availability.
    • Rangers available to answer questions by phone and email during normal business hours (phone: 435-772-3256; email zion_park_information@nps.gov)
    • Tunnel escort fees via mail-in envelopes
    • Wilderness permits via new online procedures (see website)
    • Trail rides limited to groups of 10 or fewer
    • Frontcountry day use only as of 3/25
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument
    • Boating activities in open waters open
    • All permits suspended and canceled, including anchoring and mooring permits
    • All park facilities closed, including picnic areas, comfort stations, moorings, shoreline, beaches, underwater trail, and hiking trail for 30 days
    • All concession boating operations suspended until further notice
  • Christiansted National Historic Site
    • All park events and permits cancelled until further notice
    • Fort Christiansvaern, parking lot and visitor restrooms closed
    • Eastern Natonal Bookstore closed
    • All park administrative buildings closed
  • Virgin Islands National Park – Cruz Bay Visitor Center closed & programs suspended. Food service at Trunk Bay suspended. Also, the USVI have closed all traffic to the islands for 30 days, so currently only accessible to locals.
  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park – Visitor Center & historic buildings closed; 155th anniversary event canceled
  • Booker T. Washington National Monument – Visitor Center & historic buildings closed
  • Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park – Visitor Center & contact stations closed
  • Colonial National Historical Park – Jamestown and Yorktown Visitor Centers closed; programs suspended
  • Fort Monroe National Monument – All public programming & indoor rooms of fort closed
  • Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park – All public buildings closed
  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument
    • Visitor Center & historic buildings closed
    • National Park Week special event on transportation in the national parks cancelled
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park – Henry Hill Visitor Center & Brawner Farm Interpretive Center closed
  • Petersburg National Battlefield – Visitor Centers and contact stations closed
  • Prince William Forest Park – Visitor Center closed and camping availability limited
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park – Visitor Centers closed
  • Shenandoah National Park
    • Backcountry closed to overnight camping through 4/30
    • Campgrounds closed indefinitely; no overnight camping in park at this time
    • Appalachian Trail huts, shelters, cabins closed
    • Old Rag & Whiteoak/Cedar Run circuit hikes closed
    • Sugar Hollow Reservoir area closed by Albemarle County, City of Charlottesville and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority
    • Big Meadows Wayside open with restrictions
      • No prepared food
      • No dining room
      • No more than 10 people allowed inside at a time
    • Visitor Centers and all other park facilities closed
  • Klondike Gold Rush – Seattle Unit
    • Outdoor Recreation Information Center closed due to REI closure
    • Visitor Center & Museum closed
  • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
    • All facilities closed
    • Fishing closed statewide
  • Mount Rainier National Park
    • Fishing closed statewide
    • All park roads closed to vehicles (backcountry areas remain open)
    • All park visitor centers closed
    • All park lodges closed
    • All park shops and restauraunts closed
  • Olympic National Park
    • All park facilities closed
    • All park roads closed
    • All park restrooms closed
    • All park campgrounds closed
    • No services available
    • Shi Shi Trailhead closed by Makah Tribe
    • Second Beach trailhead closed by Quileute Tribe
    • Recreational fishing closed
    • Sol Duc Resort, Campground and RV Park opening delayed until 4/24
  • San Juan Island National Historical Park
    • American Camp Visitor Center area closed due to new visitor center construction
    • Restrooms at English Camp parking lot and South Beach picnic area closed
  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed
  • LBJ Grove on the Potomac – Ranger contacts limited (see GWMP listing)
  • National Capital Parks East
    • Varies; indoor sites closed and programs suspended.
    • Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Visitor Center closed. Ranger programs suspended.
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks
    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard.
    • Ranger programming suspended
  • Pennsylvania Avenue National Historical Site
    • Old Post Office Tower closed
  • President’s Park
    • Visitor Center closed and White House tours suspended
  • Rock Creek Park
    • Nature Center closed
    • Horse Center closed
    • Pierce Mill/Barn closed
    • Old Stone House closed
    • Tennis Center closed
    • Thompson Boathouse closed
    • All playgrounds and exercise equipment closed
    • All ranger programs uspended and cancelled
    • Planetarium programs suspended
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island
    • No restrooms available; parking lot closed Saturday and Sunday
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (nb: Potomac footbridge closed due to derailment)
    • Parking lots closed
    • All park buildings closed
    • Park restrooms closed
  • St Croix National Scenic Riverway (though public meeting on 3/24 has been canceled)
    • St Croix River Visitor Center in St Croix Falls, WI will not open in April as planned
    • Namekagon River Visitor Center in Trego, WI closed indefinitely
  • New River Gorge National River – Visitor Center closed

UNAFFECTED:

  • Alagnak Wild River
  • Aniakchak NPres
  • Aniakchak National Monument
  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument
  • Denali National Preserve
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic NPres
  • Glacier Bay National Preserve
  • Katmai National Park
  • Katmai National Preserve
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Lake Clark National Preserve
  • Noatak NPres
  • Sitka NHP (VC closed for maintenance until April 9)
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Preserve
  • Arkansas Post National Memorial
  • Devils Postpile National Monument (Closed for season)
  • Tule Lake National Monument
  • Yucca House National Monument
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site (closed for season)
  • Honouliuli National Historic Site
  • Poverty Point National Monument
  • Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park
  • John F. Kennedy National Historic Site (closed until 2021)
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site (no visitor services 11/1-6/1)
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site (museum currently closed anyway)
  • Keweenaw National Historical Park (seasonal closure)
  • Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
  • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  • Tupelo National Battlefield
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Missouri National Recreational River
  • Niobrara National Scenic River
  • Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park
  • Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River
  • Governors Island National Monument (seasonal closure)
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  • Stonewall National Monument
  • Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial (seasonal closure)
  • Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River
  • Middle Delaware National Scenic River
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument (seasonal closure)
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument (seasonal closure)
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve (closed due to Hurricane Maria damage)
  • Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument
  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (seasonal closure of venue, trail open, restrooms closed)
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (areas along trail are impacted)
  • North Cascades National Park (seasonal access closure)
  • Lake Chelan National Recreation Area – seasonal access closure/limited
  • Ross Lake National Recreation Area – seasonal access closure/limited
  • Bluestone National Scenic River
  • Gauley River National Recreation Area
  • Fort Laramie National Historic Site
  • Fossil Butte National Monument

Affiliated/Subsidiary Areas Affected
• Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail – offices closed until further notice
• Chesapeake Bay offices closed
• Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm – Visitor Center closed
• American Memorial Park – Visitor Center closed
• Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site
• Thomas Cole National Historic Site – Closed
• Oklahoma City National Memorial – NPS office closed
• Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site – Closed
• Touro Synagogue National Historic Site – Closed
• Great Falls Park – Visitor Center closed
• Wing Lake Museum – Closed through 4/13
• Anacostia Park – All playgrounds, restrooms, and comfort stations closed
• Capitol Hill Parks – Playgrounds closed
• Fort Dupont Park – Ice rink closed; programs suspended
• Fort Circle Parks – Programs suspended
• World War I Memorial – Ranger programming/contacts limited or suspended

Affiliated/Subsidiary Areas Unaffected (Note: individual sites within affiliated areas may be affected)
• Aleutian Islands WWII National Heritage Area
• Inupiat Heritage Center
• Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail – trail open; sites likely impacted
• Old Spanish National Historic Trail – trail open, but sites may be affected
• Trail of Tears National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• California National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Pony Express National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Santa Fe National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• New England National Scenic Trail
• Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor
• Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail
• Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
• Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
• Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
• Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Oregon National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
• Cane River National Heritage Area
• El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Maine Acadian Culture
• Roosevelt Campobello International Park
• Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
• Baltimore National Heritage Area
• Baltimore-Washington Parkway
• Harmony Hall
• Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Essex National Heritage Area
• John H. Chafee Blackstone River Corridor
• Motor Cities National Heritage Area
• North Country National Scenic Trail
• Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
• Mississippi Gulf National Heritage Area
• Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area
• Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area
• Lower Delaware National Wild & Scenic River
• New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
• El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected
• Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
• Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
• Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
• Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected. Overmountain Shelter closed (reason unspecified)
• David Berger National Memorial
• Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis
• Dayton Aviation Heritage Area
• Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
• Oil Region National Heritage Area
• Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
• Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area
• South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
• Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
• Cape Henry Memorial. (Part of Colonial National Historical Park)
• Green Springs National Historic Landmark District
• African American Civil War Memorial
• Coal National Heritage Area
• Wheeling National Heritage Area
• Ice Age National Scenic Trail (admin office closed)

And yet…once again, spring is eternal. I’ll update this; may we all get through it.

Arizona Trail Day 18: AZT Passage 35, Babbitt Ranch (AZ/UT Day 25)

Well, I’ve officially found my least favorite part of the trail so far. The first 5 miles today from Moqui Stage Station to the border of the Kaibab National Forest are nice…and then the views disappear and a long roadwalk down a valley begins where one crosses into the Babbit Ranch Passage (Passage 35). The views disappear until after Upper Lockwood Tank. From there it gets marginally better with nice views of the Peaks returning, but with a full moon I choose to hike a few extra hours at night to cut down on tomorrow’s distance on this passage. I meet Coyote, another sobo thru-hiker, on the trail twice today, first just after breakfast and again and he tells me about seeing some coyotes and a mountain lion fight over an elk that he saw that morning. Very cool wildlife encounter, maybe I’ll get to see something like that?

The Arizona Trail heads through the pinyon-juniper forest of the Coconino Plateau, Kaibab National Forest, on Arizona Trail Passage 35, Babbitt Ranch
The Arizona Trail heads through the pinyon-juniper forest of the Coconino Plateau, Kaibab National Forest, on Arizona Trail Passage 35, Babbitt Ranch
The San Francisco Peaks rise above the pinyon-juniper woodland of the Coconino Plateau, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona Trail Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch)
The San Francisco Peaks rise above the pinyon-juniper woodland of the Coconino Plateau in the Kaibab National Forest, Arizona Trail Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch)
Juniper beside the Arizona Trail in the Kaibab National Forest on Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch)
The Arizona Trail exits the Kaibab National Forest. Arizona Trail Passage 35, Babbitt Ranch.
Entering Babbitt Ranch after exiting the Kaibab National Forest, Arizona Trail Passage 35
The Arizona Trail passes through rabbitbrush meadows heading south on Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch)
The San Francisco Peaks and San Francisco Volcanic Field rise out of the Colorado Plateau among pinyon-juniper woods and rice grass meadows. Arizona Trail Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch)
The San Francisco Peaks rise out of the Colorado Plateau among pinyon-juniper woods and rice grass meadows. Arizona Trail Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch)
Hills of the San Francisco Volcanic Field rise out of the Colorado Plateau among pinyon-juniper woods and rice grass/rabbitbrush meadows. Arizona Trail Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch).
The San Francisco Peaks and the hills and mountains of the San Francisco Volcanic Field rise out of the Colorado Plateau among pinyon-juniper woods and rice grass/rabbitbrush meadows. Arizona Trail Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch).
The San Francisco Peaks and the hills and mountains of the San Francisco Volcanic Field rise out of the Colorado Plateau among pinyon-juniper woods and rice grass/rabbitbrush meadows. Arizona Trail Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch).
The San Francisco Peaks (center) and the hills and mountains of the San Francisco Volcanic Field, such as Kendrick Peak (right), rise out of the Colorado Plateau among pinyon-juniper woods and rice grass/rabbitbrush meadows. Arizona Trail Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch).

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Impacts on National Parks

Taking a momentary break from my trail account to communicate this. There’s been a lot of confusion and questions recently about what national parks are open or closed due to coronavirus. So i concentrated all information from each individual park page together here. All information should be accurate as of March 21st, 2020, and will hopefully be updated as necessary

First things first – My parks, Arlington House and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, particularly the South District.

* Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial – Building is closed for restoration & installation of all-new exhibits. While restoration & new exhibits should be complete on time (late April), reopening will be pushed back indefinitely, until at least mid-May. Arlington National Cemetery is also closed indefinitely, and one must pass through the cemetery to access the house.

* George Washington Memorial Parkway – Visitor Centers closed. Arlington House closed for separate reasons above; reopening delayed. For the South District, which I work on, we will have one ranger available daily to answer phones and one roving the Parkway. Bird walks at Dyke Marsh have been suspended through April by Friends of Dyke Marsh. All ranger programming and permits canceled through May 16th. Common locations to find a ranger on the South District at include the Marine Corps Memorial, Fort Hunt Park, Dyke Marsh, Jones Point Park, and Gravelly Point. (Please avoid parking on the grass at Gravelly Point even if others are. It’s against park regulations, we simply do not currently have the staff to enforce this). I also go to the LBJ Grove.

All other sites, organized by state and alphabetically within state:

* Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument – Birmingham Civil Rights Institute closed indefinitely

* Horseshoe Bend NMP – Visitor Center closed; March 28th anniversary event canceled

* Little River Canyon NPres – Visitor Center Closed

* Russell Cave NM – Visitor Center Closed

* Natchez Trace Parkway – Visitor Center & Contact Stations Closed

* Selma to Montgomery NHT – Closed

* Tuskegee Airmen NHS – Closed

* Tuskegee Institute NHS – Closed

* Alaska Public Lands Information Centers – Closed

* Bering Land Bridge NPres – Closed

* Denali NP – Visitor Centers Closed; 2020 Climbing Season Suspended

* National Park of American Samoa – Visitor Center closed. Travel restrictions in place (14 days in HI + health clearance 3 days before entry to American Samoa)

* Canyon de Chelly NM – Park operational, but Navajo-operated concessions are restricted.

* Casa Grande Ruins NM – Closed

* Chiricahua NM – Visitor Center Closed

* Coronado National Memorial – Visitor Center Closed

* Fort Bowie National Historic Site – Visitor Center Closed; ranger programs continue

* Glen Canyon National Recreation Area –

  • Carl Hayden, Escalante Interagency, and Navajo Bridge Visitor Centers closed (information available outside)
  • Glen Canyon Dam tours suspended
  • Glen Canyon Conservancy retail operations suspended
  • Ranger programs and volunteer projects suspended
  • Lake Powell Resorts and Antelope Point Marina operations suspended

* Grand Canyon National Park –

  • Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Park Headquarters – closed
  • Desert View Watchtower – closed
  • Yavapai Geology Museum – closed
  • Kolb Studio – closed
  • Verkamps VC – closed
  • Xanterra (El Tovar, Bright Angel Lodge, Maswick Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Hopi House, Lookout Studio, Hermits Rest, Phantom Ranch, Mule Rides, Bus Tours, South Rim Kennel) has suspended all operations though May 21st
  • Delaware North (Yavapai Lodge & Tavern, Trailer Village, Grand Canyon Market, Desert View Market, Desert View Trading Post) has suspended operations indefinitely starting 3/23. Trailer Village only open for full hookups; Market only open for locals 12-6
  • Camper Services – closed
  • Grand Canyon Conservancy Park Store – Closed
  • Ranger Programs – Suspended
  • Shuttle Bus service – Suspended
  • Desert View Cultural Demonstrations – Suspended
  • Desert View Campground – Closed
  • River Trips canceled through at least April

* Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site – Closed

Lake Mead NRA (AZ/NV)

  • All car access closed starting Monday 3/23, including marina access, so in practicality this prohibits boating.
  • Arizona Hot Spring Trail – Closed
  • White Rock Canyon Trail – Closed
  • Goldstrike Canyon Trail – Closed
  • Temple Bar Campground – Closed
  • Nevada Telephone Cove – Closed
  • Six Mile Cove – Closed
  • Nine Mile Cove – Closed
  • Lake Mead Visitor Center – Closed
  • Park Headquarters Lobby – Closed

* Montezuma Castle National Monument – Montezuma Well & Visitor Center Closed

* Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument –

  • Visitor Center – Closed
  • Backcountry Permits Suspended
  • Group Campground – Closed

Petrified Forest National Park

  • Visitor Center entries limited
  • Rainbow Forest Gift Ship – Closed
  • Painted Desert Cafe – Closed
  • Painted Desert Gift Shop – Closed

Pipe Spring National Monument

  • Visitor Center & Museum Closed with open house viewing of Winsor Castle

Saguaro National Park

  • Visitor Centers Closed, Ranger Programs Suspended

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

  • Visitor Center Closed
  • Tonto National Monument – Closed
  • Tumacacori NHP
    • Visitor Center & Museum Closed
      Ranger Programs Suspended
  • Tuzigoot NM – Closed
  • Walnut Canyon NM
    • Visitor Center & Island Trail closed

    Wupatki NM – Visitor Center closed

    Buffalo National River

    • Tyler Bend VC Closed
    • Buffalo Point Visitor Contact Station (VCS) Closed
    • Steel Creek VCS Closed
    • Buffalo NR HQ Closed
    • Group Campsites Closed
    • Pavilions Closed
    • Volunteer Service Groups of 10+ people Closed
    • All educational and interp programming suspended

    * Fort Smith National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed

    * Hot Springs National Park

    • Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center closed, programming suspended
    • Programming suspended
    • Bathhouse Row Emporium Closed
    • Hot Springs Mountain Tower and other Bathhouse Row businesses – check with business in question, many closed

    * Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

    • Film Screenings suspended
    • Little Rock CHS tours suspended until 4/20 at earliest

    * Pea Ridge National Military Park – Visitor Center closed

    * President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site – Closed

    * Cabrillo National Monument – Visitor Center & Lighthouse, along with some exhibits closed

    * César E. Chávez National Monument – Visitor Center Closed

    * Channel Islands National Park

    • Visitor Center Closed
    • Concession boat service to islands suspended

    * Death Valley National Park

    • Oasis at Death Valley is a Xanterra property; Xanterra has suspended all operations until 5/21.
    • Visitor Centers (Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells) Closed
    • Campgrounds Closed
    • Stovepipe Wells Village Closed
    • Panamint Springs Resort remains open

    * Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site – Closed

    * Fort Point National Historic Site – Closed

    * Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    • Alcatraz Island Closed
    • Presidio VC Closed
    • Fort Point Closed
    • Golden Gate Bridge VC – Closed
    • Lands End Lookout Closed
    • Marin Headlands VC – Closed
    • Nike Missile Site Closed
    • Point Bonita Lighthouse – Closed
    • Stinson Beach – Closed
    • Kirby Cove Campground – Closed
    • Bicentennial Campground – Closed

    * John Muir National Historic Site – Closed

    * Joshua Tree National Park

    • Closed to cars. Bikes & hikers allowed.
    • Visitor Centers Closed
    • Camping fees apply
    • All ranger programs suspended

    * Kings Canyon National Park – Visitor Centers, lodges, campgrounds, restaurants closed

    * Lassen Volcanic National Park – Visitor Center closed

    * Lava Beds National Monument – Visitor Center Closed

    * Manzanar National Historic Site – Visitor Center & Exhibits Closed

    * Mojave National Preserve – Visitor Centers closed; campgrounds limited to groups under 10

    * Muir Woods National Monument – Closed

    * Pinnacles National Park

    • All nature centers & visitor centers closed.
    • Shuttle service suspended.
    • Bear Gulch Caves Trail closed
    • Balconies Trail closed
    • High Peaks Steep Trail closed
    • High Peaks Narrow Trail closed

    * Point Reyes National Seashore

    • Visitor Centers & Campgrounds closed
    • Access has been limited to Palomarin Trailhead, Pierce Point Road, the Lighthouse parking area, and Chimney Rock parking. As of 3/22 Drakes Beach, the Limantour Beach access road, Drakes Estero, and Mt Vision Road have closed indefinitely. All ranger led programs and volunteer activities are suspended or canceled. Visitors Centers are closed.

    * Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial – Closed

    * Redwood National Park – Visitor Centers & Campgrounds Closed

    * Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park – Closed

    * San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – Closed

    * Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area – Visitor Centers Closed

    * Sequoia National Park – Visitor Centers, lodges, campgrounds, restaurants closed

    * Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area – Visitor Center Closed

    * Yosemite National Park – CLOSED

    * Bent’s Old Fort NHS – Bookstore Closed; Frontier Skills Day, Volunteer Work Weekend canceled

    * Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP – South Rim Campground & VC Closed

    * Colorado National Monument – Visitor Center Closed

    * Curecanti National Recreation Area – Elk Creek Campground & Visitor Center Closed

    * Dinosaur National Monument – Quarry VC Closed; River Trips Canceled until further notice

    * Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument – Visitor Center Closed

    * Great Sand Dunes National Park – Visitor Center Closed

    * Great Sand Dunes National Preserve – Visitor Center Closed

    * Hovenweep National Monument – Visitor Center & Park Bookstore closed

    * Mesa Verde National Park – Visitor Center, Museum, Spruce Tree Cafe closed through 4/30

    * Rocky Mountain National Park – Closed

    * Xanterra operations suspended until 5/21

    * Sand Creek Massacre NHS – Visitor Center & Park Store closed

    * First State NHP – Arsenal in New Castle, John Bell House, Old Swedes Historic Site Closed. Open House 3/14 canceled.

    * Big Cypress National Preserve – Visitor Centers Closed; Ranger Programs Canceled

    * Biscayne National Park

    • Facilities at Convoy Point, Boca Chita, Elliott, Adams Keys Closed.
    • Visitor events suspended.
    • Biscayne NP Institute tours suspended

    * Canaveral National Seashore – Closed

    * Castillo de San Marcos National Monument – Closed

    * De Soto National Memorial – Visitor Center closed

    * Dry Tortugas National Park –

    • Concession tours suspended
    • Ranger programs suspended
    • Visitor Centers closed
    • Camping open

    * Everglades National Park – Miami-Dade County Access Closed (Shark Valley, Chekkia, main park road to Flamingo)

    * Fort Caroline National Memorial – Closed

    * Fort Matanzas National Monument – Closed

    * Gulf Islands National Seashore – Closed

    * Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve – Closed

    • Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Note: Potomac bridge indefinitely closed)

    • Huts closed at least through Shenandoah NP; Trail Days canceled

    • Andersonville National Historic Site – National Prisoner of War Museum closed

    • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area – Closed

    • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park – Visitor Centers closed

    • Cumberland Island National Seashore – All facilities (visitor centers and campgrounds) closed

    • Fort Frederica National Monument – Visitor Center closed; programs suspended

    • Fort Pulaski National Monument – Closed

    • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – Closed

    • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park – Visitor Center, restrooms, bookstore closed

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park – Closed

    • Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park – Closed

    • War in the Pacific National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed

    • Haleakala National Park – Closed

    • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Visitor Center closed, ranger programs suspended

    • Kalaupapa National Historical Park – Closed

    • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park – Closed

    • Pearl Harbor National Memorial – Closed

    • Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park – Closed

    • City of Rocks National Reserve – Visitor Center closed

    • Craters of the Moon National Monument – Visitor Center Closed

    • Craters of the Moon National Preserve – Visitor Center Closed

    • Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument – Visitor Center closed

    • Minidoka National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed

    • Nez Perce National Historical Park – Visitor center & research center closed

    • Lincoln Home National Historic Site – Closed

    • Pullman National Monument – Visitor Center closed

    • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park – Memorial closed (VC open)

    • Indiana Dunes National Park – All buildings closed (beach access under unrelated closure until May 1)

    • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial – Visitor Center closed

    • Effigy Mounds National Monument – Visitor Center closed

    • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site – Closed

    • Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site – Closed

    • Fort Larned National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed

    • Fort Scott National Historic Site – Park Store and visitor contact desk closed

    • Nicodemus National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed

    • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – All buildings closed

    • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park – All buildings closed; grounds and trails open

    • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park – Visitor Center & campground closed

    • Mammoth Cave National Park – Visitor Center closed; cave tours suspended

    • Cane River Creole National Historical Park – All buildings closed

    • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – All buildings closed

    • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park – Closed

    • Acadia National Park – All in-person visitor services closed. Assistance available by phone or email.

    • Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument – Closed, for all practical purposes

    • Antietam National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed. Observation Tower closed, reopening delayed by COVID-19.

    • Assateague Island National Seashore – Visitor Centers, campgrounds closed

    • Catoctin Mountain Park – Visitor Center closed

    • C & O Canal National Historical Park – Visitor centers closed

    • Civil War Defenses of Washington – Ranger programs suspended

    • Clara Barton National Historic Site – Closed

    • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine – Visitor Center & fort closed. Grounds open.

    • Fort Foote & Fort Washington Parks – Fort Washington and Oxon Hill Farm visitor centers closed

    • Greenbelt Park – Visitor Center closed. Campground and roads also closed (unrelated). • Hampton National Historic Site – Visitor center & mansion closed

    • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park – Closed

    • Monocacy National Battlefield – Visitor Center Closed

    • Piscataway Park – Visitor Center closed

    • Thomas Stone National Historic Site – All buildings closed

    • Adams National Historical Park – Closed

    • Boston African American National Historic Site – Closed

    • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area – Closed

    • Boston National Historical Park – Closed

    • Cape Cod National Seashore – All public buildings closed

    • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site – Closed

    • Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site – Closed

    • Lowell National Historical Park – Closed

    • Minute Man National Historical Park – Patriot’s Day events cancelled

    • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park – Closed

    • Salem Maritime National Historic Site – Closed

    • Isle Royale National Park – Visitor center closed; Island closed until 4/15 at earliest regardless

    • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Visitor center closed

    • River Raisin National Battlefield Park – Closed

    • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Visitor Center closed

    • Grand Portage National Monument – Closed

    • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area – Visitor Center closed

    • Pipestone National Monument – Visitor Center closed

    • Voyageurs National Park – Visitor Centers and HQ closed

    • Natchez National Historical Park – Closed

    • Natchez Trace Parkway – Visitor Centers closed

    • Vicksburg National Military Park – Visitor center & USS Cairo Museum closed

    • Gateway Arch National Park – Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse closed

    • George Washington Carver National Monument – Visitor Center closed; tours continue

    • Harry S Truman National Historic Site – Closed

    • Ozark National Scenic Riverways – Visitor center entry limited; bookstore closed

    • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site – All buildings closed

    • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed

    • Big Hole National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed

    • Glacier National Park – Visitor Centers closed; Xanterra lodging operations suspended through 5/16.

    • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed; tours suspended

    • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument – Visitor Center closed

    • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument – Visitor Center closed

    • Scotts Bluff National Monument – Visitor Center & summit road closed

    • Great Basin National Park – Lehman Caves Visitor Center closed; cave tours suspended

    • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area – Public facilities closed; trails open

    • Morristown National Historical Park – Visitor Center, museum, and all buildings closed; grounds open.

    • Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park – Visitor Center & Paterson Museum closed

    • Thomas Edison National Historical Park – Closed

    • Bandelier National Monument – Visitor Center, park store, group campground sites closed

    • Capulin Volcano National Monument – Visitor Center, park store closed

    • Carlsbad Caverns National Park – Cavern and Visitor Center closed

    • Chaco Culture National Historical Park – Visitor Center & campground closed

    • El Malpais National Monument – Visitor Center closed; cave permits suspended

    • El Morro National Monument – Visitor Center closed

    • Manhattan Project National Historical Park

    • Oak Ridge Unit Visitor Center closed & programs suspended
    • Los Alamos Unit Visitor Center closed through 4/6
    • Hanford Unit Visitor Center closed & programs suspended

    • Pecos National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed; programs suspended

    • Petroglyph National Monument – Visitor Center closed

    • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument – Visitor Centers and museums closed. Trails at Abo, Qurarai, and Gran Quivira open

    • White Sands National Park – Visitor Center & gift shop closed

    • African Burial Ground National Monument – Closed

    • Castle Clinton National Monument – Closed

    • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site – Closed

    • Federal Hall National Memorial – Closed

    • Fire Island National Seashore

    • Patchogue HQ, Wilderness VC, and Fire Island Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters closed

    • Fort Stanwix National Monument – Closed

    • Gateway National Recreation Area

    • All buildings closed
    • Miller Field closed

    • General Grant National Memorial – Closed

    • Hamilton Grange National Memorial – Closed

    • Harriet Tubman National Historical Park – Closed

    • Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site – Closed

    • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site – Closed

    • Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site – Closed

    • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site – Closed

    • Saratoga National Historical Park

    • Statue of Liberty National Monument – Closed

    • Stonewall National Monument – Closed

    • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site – Closed

    • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site – Closed

    • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site – Closed

    • Women’s Rights National Historical Park New York – Closed

    • Blue Ridge Parkway – Public buildings closed

    • Cape Hatteras National Seashore – Visitor Centers & campgrounds closed

    • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    • Visitor Centers & cabin camps closed.
    • Ferry traffic to Beauford and Harkers Island suspended

    • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site – Closed

    • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed

    • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park – Visitor Center closed

    • Moores Creek National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed

    • Wright Brothers National Memorial – Visitor Center closed

    • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site – Visitor Center & historic buildings closed

    • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site – Visitor Center & “EL” closed

    • Theodore Roosevelt National Park – Visitor Centers closed

    • Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument – Closed

    • Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Visitor Centers closed & programs suspended

    * Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

    • Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center closed
    • Wright Cycle Co. Bike Shop closed
    • Huffman Prairie Flying Field closed
    • Paul Lawrence Dunbar House Historic Site closed

    * First Ladies National Historic Site – Closed

    * Hopewell Culture National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed

    * James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Visitor Center and Garfield Home closed

    * William Howard Taft National Historic Site – Closed

    * Chickasaw National Recreation Area – Travertine Nature Center and campgrounds closed

    * Washita Battlefield National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed & programs suspended

    * Crater Lake National Park – Visitor Center closed; guided snowshoe walks suspended

    * Lewis and Clark National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed

    * John Day Fossil Beds National Monument – Visitor Center closed

    * Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve – Visitor Center closed; cave tours suspended

    * Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site – Closed

    * Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site – Closed

    * Eisenhower National Historic Site – Closed

    * Flight 93 National Memorial – Closed

    * Fort Necessity National Battlefield – Closed

    * Friendship Hill National Historic Site – Closed

    * Gettysburg National Military Park – Museum, Visitor Center, and all comfort stations closed

    * Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site – Closed

    * Independence National Historical Park – Closed

    * Johnstown Flood National Memorial Pennsylvania – Closed

    * Steamtown National Historic Site – Closed

    * Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial – Closed

    * Valley Forge National Historical Park – All public buildings closed

    * San Juan National Historic Site – Closed

    * Roger Williams National Memorial – Closed

    * Charles Pinckney National Historic Site – Closed

    * Congaree National Park – Visitor Center & campgrounds closed

    * Cowpens National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed

    * Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park – Closed

    * Kings Mountain National Military Park – Visitor Center closed

    * Ninety Six National Historic Site – Visitor Center closed

    * Reconstruction Era National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed

    * Badlands National Park – Visitor Centers closed & ranger programs suspended

    * Jewel Cave National Monument – Visitor Center closed (cave under seasonal closure due to repairs to tour route)

    * Minuteman Missile National Historic Site – Delta-01 tours suspended & Visitor Center closed

    * Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    • Parking (Xanterra operated) open, not staffed
    • Information Center closed
    • Programs suspended
    • Presidential and Nature Trails closed due to weather
    • Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center, amphitheater, and Avenue of Flags under temporary deferred maintenance closure regardless

    * Wind Cave National Park – Visitor Center closed & programs suspended; cave tours closed due to elevator outage regardless

    * Andrew Johnson National Historic Site – Historic Homestead tours suspended; Visitor Center & Cemetery open

    * Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area – All park Visitor Centers closed

    * Fort Donelson National Battlefield – Visitor Center and historic buildings and exhibits closed.

    * Great Smoky Mountains National Park – All park facilities closed.

    * Obed Wild and Scenic River – Visitor Centers closed and programs suspended

    * Shiloh National Military Park – Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center & Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center closed

    * Stones River National Battlefield – Visitor Center closed

    * Amistad National Recreation Area – Visitor Center & group campgrounds closed

    * Big Bend National Park – Visitor centers closed & programs suspended. Lodge and all overnight camping will close on Monday, 3/23.

    * Chamizal National Memorial – Cultural Center closed

    * Fort Davis National Historic Site – Visitor Center & Park Store closed

    * Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Visitor Center & all contact stations closed

    * Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park – Visitor Centers closed (Texas White House remains under structural issue closure)

    * Padre Island National Seashore – Visitor Center closed

    * Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed and programs suspended

    * Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River – All river operations and trips suspended & Visitor Centers closed

    * Waco Mammoth National Monument – Closed

    * Arches National Park

    • Visitor Center closed
    • Fiery Furnace tours suspended
    • Self-guided tour permits for Fiery Furnace suspended
    • Devils Garden campground closed through March; April reservations subject to change
    • Backpacking permits suspended
    • Park store closed
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
    • Visitor Center closed; bookstore open online via park website (purchases over $10 shipped free)
      Rangers available by phone and email (listed on park website)
      Ranger programs suspended
      Junior Ranger books and badges available at fee booths and online. Books can be mailed to address on website for certification.

    Canyonlands National Park

    • Island in the Sky Visitor Center closed
    • Needles Visitor Center Closed
    • Hans Flat Ranger Station Closed
    • Park Stores closed
    • Campgrounds at Needles and Island in the Sky closed
    • Issuance of new overnight and day-use backpacking permits suspended
    • Private and commercial river trips (overnight and day-use) suspended through April
  • Capitol Reef National Park
    • Park staff roving
      Visitor Center & Gifford House closed (no pies ☹️)

    * Golden Spike National Historical Park – Visitor Center closed

    * Natural Bridges National Monument – Visitor Center & bookstore closed

    * Rainbow Bridge National Monument – Private boat required due to closure of Glen Canyon marinas & Navajo Nation lockdown (closing land route).

    Zion National Park

    • Angel’s Landing Trail closed beyond Scout’s Lookout/West Rim Trail junction.
    • Zion Canyon Visitor Center closed
    • Human History museum closed
    • Kolob Canyons Visitor Center closed
    • Zion Lodge closed
    • Park Store closed
    • Shuttle service suspended. Private vehicle entry to Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is being regulated by parking availability.
    • Rangers available to answer questions by phone and email during normal business hours (phone: 435-772-3256; email zion_park_information@nps.gov)
    • Tunnel escort fees via mail-in envelopes
    • Wilderness permits via new online procedures (see website)
    • Trail rides limited to groups of 10 or fewer
    • Frontcountry day use only as of 3/25

    * Virgin Islands National Park – Cruz Bay Visitor Center closed & programs suspended. Food service at Trunk Bay suspended. Also, the USVI have closed all traffic to the islands for 30 days, so currently only accessible to locals.

    * Appomattox Court House National Historical Park – Visitor Center & historic buildings closed; 155th anniversary event canceled

    * Booker T. Washington National Monument – Visitor Center & historic buildings closed

    * Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park – Visitor Center & contact stations closed

    * Colonial National Historical Park – Jamestown and Yorktown Visitor Centers closed; programs suspended

    * Fort Monroe National Monument – All public programming & indoor rooms of fort closed

    * Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park – All public buildings closed

    * George Washington Birthplace National Monument – Visitor Center & historic buildings closed

    * Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site – Closed

    * Manassas National Battlefield Park – Henry Hill Visitor Center & Brawner Farm Interpretive Center closed

    * Petersburg National Battlefield – Visitor Centers and contact stations

    * Prince William Forest Park – Visitor Center closed and camping availability limited

    * Richmond National Battlefield Park – Visitor Centers closed

  • Shenandoah National Park
    • Appalachian Trail huts closed
      Passport stamps unavailable (write to park)
      Maps available daily while supplies last for day.
      Hiking guides and junior ranger books available online
      Download app in advance to wayfind
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site – Closed
  • Klondike Gold Rush – Seattle Unit

    • Outdoor Recreation Information Center closed due to REI closure
    • Visitor Center & Museum closed
  • Mount Rainier National Park
    • Longmire Museum closed
      Paradise Jackson Visitor Center closed
      Paradise Snowplay Area closed
  • Olympic National Park
    • Olympic NP Visitor Center closed
      Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center closed
      Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center closed
  • * San Juan Island National Historical Park – American Camp Visitor Center, parking lot, and parade grounds closed
  • * Whitman Mission National Historic Site – Visitor Center Closed

    * Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument – Closed

    * Carter G Woodson Home National Historic Site – Closed

    * Constitution Gardens

    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard
    • Ranger programming suspended

    * FDR Memorial

    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard.
    • Ranger programming suspended

    * Korean War Veterans Memorial

    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard.
    • Ranger programming suspended

    * Lincoln Memorial

    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard
    • Ranger programming suspended

    * LBJ Grove on the Potomac – Ranger contacts limited (see GWMP listing)

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

    • Ranger programming suspended
    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard

    • Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site – Closed

    • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site – Closed

    • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site – Closed

    • National Capital Parks East – Varies; indoor sites closed and programs suspended. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Visitor Center closed. Ranger programs suspended.

    • National Mall & Memorial Parks

    • Programs suspended and indoor locations closed.
    • National Cherry Blossom Festival events canceled through March.
    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard.

    • Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site – Old Post Office Tower closed; ranger programs suspended

    • President’s Park – White House tours suspended & visitor center closed

    • Rock Creek Park – All park programs suspended or canceled; some facilities closed. Planetarium reopening date TBD will likely have been delayed.

    • Theodore Roosevelt Island – Ranger programming suspended & contacts limited

    • Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard.
    • Ranger programming suspended

    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard.
    • Ranger programming suspended

    • Washington Monument – Closed

    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard

    • World War II Memorial

    • All access to National Mall between Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and south to Haines Point in Potomac Park has been closed by order of the Mayor. This includes the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC War Memorial, World War I Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Memorial Bridge. The closed zone will be enforced by DC Metropolitan Police and DC National Guard.
    • Ranger programming suspended

    • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park – Visitor Center & all historic buildings closed

    • New River Gorge National River – Canyon Rim Visitor Center closed

    • Devils Tower National Monument – Visitor Center & bookstore closed indefinitely

    Grand Teton National Park – Closed

    • Yellowstone National Park – Closed. Yellowstone Lodges (Xanterra) closed through 5/21.

    Unaffected:

    • Alagnak Wild River

    • Aniakchak NPres

    • Aniakchak National Monument

    • Cape Krusenstern National Monument

    • Denali NPres

    • Gates of the Arctic National Park

    • Gates of the Arctic NPres

    • Glacier Bay National Park

    • Glacier Bay NPres

    • Katmai National Park

    • Katmai NPres

    • Kenai Fjords National Park

    • Klondike Gold Rush NHP (Alaska Unit)

    • Kobuk Valley National Park

    • Lake Clark National Park

    • Lake Clark NPres

    • Noatak NPres

    • Sitka NHP (VC closed for maintenance until April 9)

    • Wrangell-St Elias National Park

    • Wrangell-St Elias National Preserve

    • Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

    • Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

    • Navajo National Monument

    • Betatakin Tours Suspended until May 2020 (due to staff limitations)
    • Keet Seel Closed until May 2020 (closed for winter)

    • Arkansas Post National Memorial

    • Castle Mountains National Monument

    • Devils Postpile National Monument (Closed for season)

    • Tule Lake National Monument

    • Yucca House National Monument

    • Weir Farm National Historic Site (closed for season)

    • Honouliuli National Historic Site

    • Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

    • Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument

    • Poverty Point National Monument

    • Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park

    • John F. Kennedy National Historic Site (closed until 2021)

    • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site (no visitor services 11/1-6/1)

    • Springfield Armory National Historic Site (museum currently closed anyway)

    • Keweenaw National Historical Park (seasonal closure)

    • Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site

    • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

    • Tupelo National Battlefield

    • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

    • Homestead National Monument of America

    • Missouri National Recreational River

    • Niobrara National Scenic River

    • Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

    • Valles Caldera National Preserve

    • Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

    • Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River

    • Governors Island National Monument (seasonal closure)

    • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    • Fort Union National Monument

    • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

    • Stonewall National Monument

    • Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial (seasonal closure)

    • Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

    • Middle Delaware National Scenic River

    • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

    • Big Thicket National Preserve

    • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

    • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

    • Cedar Breaks National Monument (seasonal closure)

    • Timpanogos Cave National Monument (seasonal closure)

    • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

    • Buck Island Reef National Monument

    • Christiansted National Historic Site

    • Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve

    • Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

    • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (seasonal closure of venue, trail open)

    • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (Visitor Centers on C&O Canal portion closed)

    • Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

    • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

    • North Cascades National Park (seasonal access closure)

    • Lake Chelan National Recreation Area – seasonal access closure/limited

    • Ross Lake National Recreation Area – seasonal access closure/limited

    • Bluestone National Scenic River

    • Gauley River National Recreation Area

    • St Croix National Scenic Riverway (though public meeting on 3/24 has been canceled)

    • Fort Laramie National Historic Site

    • Fossil Butte National Monument

    • John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway

    Affiliated/Subsidiary Areas Affected

    • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail – offices closed until further notice

    • Chesapeake Bay offices closed

    • Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm – Visitor Center closed

    • American Memorial Park – Visitor Center closed

    • Oklahoma City National Memorial – NPS office closed

    • Great Falls Park – Visitor Center closed

    • Wing Lake Museum – Closed through 4/13

    • World War I Memorial – Ranger programming/contacts limited or suspended

    Affiliated/Subsidiary Areas Unaffected (Note: individual sites within affiliated areas may be affected)

    • Aleutian Islands WWII National Heritage Area

    • Inupiat Heritage Center

    • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail – trail open; sites likely impacted

    • Old Spanish National Historic Trail – trail open, but sites may be affected

    • Trail of Tears National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • California National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Pony Express National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Santa Fe National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • New England National Scenic Trail

    • Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor

    • Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail

    • Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

    • Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

    • Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

    • Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Oregon National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

    • Cane River National Heritage Area

    • El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Maine Acadian Culture

    • Roosevelt Campobello

    • Saint Croix Island International Historic Site

    • Baltimore National Heritage Area

    • Baltimore-Washington Parkway

    • Harmony Hall

    • Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Essex National Heritage Area

    • John H. Chafee Blackstone River Corridor

    • Motor Cities National Heritage Area

    • North Country National Scenic Trail

    • Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area

    • Mississippi Gulf National Heritage Area

    • Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area

    • Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area

    • Lower Delaware National Wild & Scenic River

    • New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve

    • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected

    • Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

    • Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

    • Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site

    • Thomas Cole National Historic Site

    • Blue RIdge National Heritage Area

    • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail – trail open but sites may be affected. Overmountain Shelter closed (reason unspecified)

    • David Berger National Memorial

    • Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis

    • Dayton Aviation Heritage Area

    • Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

    • Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

    • Oil Region National Heritage Area

    • Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

    • Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

    • Touro Synagogue National Historic Site

    • South Carolina National Heritage Corridor

    • Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area

    • Cape Henry Memorial. (Part of Colonial National Historical Park)

    • Green Springs National Historic Landmark District

    • African American Civil War Memorial

    • Anacostia Park

    • Capitol Hill Parks

    • Fort Dupont Park

    • Fort Circle Parks

    • Coal National Heritage Area

    • Wheeling National Heritage Area

    • Ice Age National Scenic Trail (admin office closed)

    And yet…spring is eternal. I’ll update this; may we all get through it.

    Arizona Trail Day 17: AZT Passage 36, Coconino Rim (AZ/UT Day 24)

    Today began with a continuation of the southward trek along the Coconino Rim. The rolling walk along the rim of the Coconino Plateau passes through a combination of ponderosas and, through the trees, views off the plateau toward the Navajo Nation. As the trail rises slowly back to the top of the rim and heads back across the Plateau, the ecosystem starts to shift. Junipers start to appear. The trail passes Russell Tank, one of the many wildlife tanks maintained by the state to provide water to wildlife. It’s the first time on the hike that I’ve had to filter water out of a tank, and the tank is low after the dry summer, but there is enough to pull but the water is decent quality, so I set up my Sawyer and get a few liters to get me to the Babbitt Ranch passage. One disturbing thing happens, though. As I step in the mud on the edge of the tank to suck some water into my filter bag, I feel a tug on the sole of my right shoe. Looking down, I see the sole of my shoe start to separate from the body of the boot.

    It’s going to be a race to Flagstaff now. Hopefully I can get there and get a new pair before my sole comes off.

    After filtering the water of organisms and sediment (this IS Arizona, after all, one can’t be picky, but the Sawyer works great for filtering all that out), I’m heading south again. The ecotone is definitely getting into gear now. The pines start to thin out; more rice grass appears between them. Pinyon pines appear, joining the juniper that had appeared earlier. Moving farther from the rim, the ecosystem change is finalized. The ponderosas disappear completely, becoming replaced by pinyon pines and juniper spaced by rice grass meadows. Humphreys Peak and the San Francisco Peaks appear above the treeline. In a few days, I will be at their foot.

    The day ends at the ruins of Moqui Stage Station, one of the stops on the original stagecoach route that took early tourists from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon. Stone ruins and an interpretive sign mark the site today – the main one being what could have been perhaps a water tank for horses at one point.

    Setting up camp, I get a spectacular view of the full moon rising through the umbra (the shadow of the Earth) and the Belt of Venus. Just gorgeous to sit and watch that happen…with no one for miles around.

    (Post will be updated with my Relieve video for today.)

    Dwarf mistletoe impacts along the Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest
    Dwarf mistletoe impacts to young ponderosa pines along the Arizona Trail in the Kaibab National Forest
    Arizona Trail tracing the Coconino Rim, Kaibab National Forest
    View off the Coconino Rim in the Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
    View through the pines off the Coconino Rim along the Arizona Trail in the Kaibab National Forest
    View through the pines off the Coconino Rim along the Arizona Trail in the Kaibab National Forest
    Arizona Trail through the ponderosa pines on the Coconino Rim, Kaibab National Forest
    Junipers starting to appear along the Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest, first sign of another ecosystem shift
    Juniper berries, Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest
    (Note: Juniper “berries” are not true berries, but rather a type of cone with merged, fleshy scales, making it appear like a berry.)
    Downed trees are a major challenge on the Arizona Trail
    Arizona Trail through pinelands, about 9 miles from the Kaibab National Forest border at Moqui Stage Station
    Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest . Unfortunately a photo cannot do enough to communicate the smell of walking through this particular landscape.
    Gambel oaks in fall foliage, Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest.
    Gambel oaks in fall foliage, Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest.
    Russell Tank
    Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest. One of the first water sources along the trail that actually had water. Filled up here for the trek south.
    Russell Tank
    Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest. One of the first water sources along the trail that actually had water. Filled up here for the trek south.
    Gambel oaks along the Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest. 7 miles from Moqui Stage Station, 12 from the forest boundary.
    Healthy, well-spaced ponderosas along the Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest.
    Healthy, well-spaced ponderosas along the Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest.
    First glimpse of the San Francisco Peaks over the pines as the Arizona Trail emerges into rice grass meadows bordering the Coconino Rim, Kaibab National Forest
    Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest. San Francisco Peaks behind over the treeline.
    Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest
    Pines and junipers among rice grass, Arizona Trail Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest
    Arizona Trail Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest. Pines getting more spread out, transitioning to more junipers moving away from the rim.
    Arizona Trail running through junipers among rice grass, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest
    Arizona Trail running through pines & junipers among rice grass, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest
    Pinyon pine, Arizona Trail Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Kaibab National Forest
    Ecosystem transition to pinyon-juniper scrubland. San Francisco Peaks on skyline.
    Arizona Trail Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Moqui Stage Station, Kaibab National Forest
    San Francisco Peaks above pinyon-juniper scrubland.
    Arizona Trail Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Moqui Stage Station, Kaibab National Forest
    Sunset Juniper
    Arizona Trail Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Moqui Stage Station, Kaibab National Forest
    Remains of Moqui Stage Station
    Arizona Trail Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Moqui Stage Station, Kaibab National Forest
    Remains of Moqui Stage Station
    Arizona Trail Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Moqui Stage Station, Kaibab National Forest
    Sunset from Moqui Stage Station
    Arizona Trail Passage 36 (Coconino Rim), Moqui Stage Station, Kaibab National Forest
    Full moon rising through the shadow of the earth (blue) and into the Belt of Venus (pink) above the pinyons and junipers of the Kaibab National Forest
    Arizona Trail, Passage 36 (Coconino Rim)

    Arizona Trail Day 16 (AZ/UT Day 22) – Passage 37, Grand Canyon South Rim to Passage 36, Coconino Rim

    Slow start this morning due to the temperature. Still in the Kaibab National Forest. It was pretty chilly last night but having the tent helped keep the temperature up. Packing up, it’s about 3 miles to the Grandview lookout tower. I climb the tower for a nice view of Grand Canyon and the Coconino Plateau. Continuing, the trail passes under a ceremonial archway and do an interpretive trail regarding dwarf mistletoe on the east side of the lookout tower. Dwarf mistletoe is a parasitic plant that impacts Southwest conifer forests. Dwarf mistletoes are dioecious (individual male/female) plants. It shoots sticky seeds up to 60 mph for distances of 15-40 ft. Most seeds fail to land on suitable hosts, but those that do stick to and implant themselves beneath the bark of the host and begin living off of it, growing “roots” into the host to extract nutrients and water. Southwest dwarf mistletoe make up the particular species in the Kaibab National Forest. Mistletoe spreads throughout the tree, taking more and more nutrients, leading to portions of the tree starting to die. The tree often starts to die from the top. When there are not enough live branches remaining, the whole tree dies, often as the result of outside attack (such an insects) on the tree already stressed by the mistletoe.

    Witches’ brooms are a common result of dwarf mistletoe infestations; the more that form on a given tree, the worse the infestation on the tree, but they also provide habitat for other animals. Trimming such branches can help control the spread and reduce the degradation of a given tree, but it is also expensive and typically only conducted in areas close to commonly-traveled areas like campgrounds.

    Longtime fire suppression tactics, which have since been changed but the effects of which take time to change themselves, contributed to artificially high densities of trees in ponderosa forests; natural wildfire and thinning help manage dwarf mistletoe. And it becomes clear, walking through the forest, that the areas where the spacing between trees is greater, due to natural fires and prescribed burns, the forest is healthier. But the walk through the pines is magnificent regardless.

    The trail approaches and begins to trace the Coconino Rim to tonight’s campsite. The end of the day brings some particularly spectacular views of the eastern portion of Grand Canyon, including Cape Royal and Cape Final on the North Rim as well as Moran Point, Lipan Point, and Desert View on the South Rim. The Navajo Nation can also be seen in the distance, and the distinct landscape change that accompanies the elevation drop from the Coconino Plateau to the Nation. While it is a challenge, I do find healthy ponderosas along the way too. I find a campsite relatively close to the rim beneath a ponderosa near the trail, and crash for the night.

    The Arizona Trail winds toward the Grandview Lookout, through ponderosa groves in the Kaibab National Forest
    The Arizona Trail winds toward the Grandview Lookout, through ponderosa groves in the Kaibab National Forest, past ridges of Kaibab limestone
    Arizona Trail winds along Kaibab limestone ridges, Kaibab National Forest
    Gambel oaks along the Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37)
    Groves of Gambel oaks along the Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37)
    Groves of Gambel oaks along the Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37)
    Arizona Trail in Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37)
    Wildfire reminders, Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37)
    Arizona Trail through ponderosa forest, Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37)
    Wildfire reminders along the Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest
    Gambel oak grove among ponderosa pines, Arizona Trail, Kaibab Nation Forest (AZT Passage 37 – Grand Canyon South Rim)
    Arizona Trail Grandview Trailhead, lookout tower behind, Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37 – Grand Canyon South Rim)
    Arizona Trail Grandview Trailhead, lookout tower behind, Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37 – Grand Canyon South Rim)
    Grand Canyon from the Grandview Lookout on the Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37 – Grand Canyon South Rim)
    Grand Canyon from the Grandview Lookout on the Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37 – Grand Canyon South Rim)
    Northeast view from Grandview Lookout tower on the Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest. Grand Canyon at left. (AZT Passage 37 – Grand Canyon South Rim)
    East view off Coconino Rim from Grandview Lookout, Kaibab National Forest. (AZT Passage 37 – Grand Canyon South Rim)
    San Francisco Volcanic Field, including San Francisco Peaks (left), viewed from Grandview Lookout in the Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37 – Grand Canyon South Rim)
    Buttes rise out of the Coconino Plateau, viewed from the Grandview Lookout on the Arizona Trail in the Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 37 – Grand Canyon South Rim)
    Heading onto Arizona Trail Passage 36 – the Coconino Rim
    The Arizona Trail continues south from Grandview onto Passage 36 – the Coconino Rim
    Dwarf Mistletoe growing on ponderosa pines in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf mistletoe impacts to ponderosa pines in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Young impacted ponderosa pines in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf-mistletoe impacted ponderosa pines in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf-mistletoe impacted ponderosa pines in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf-mistletoe impacted ponderosa pines in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Southbound on the Arizona Trail toward Russell Tank in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Southbound on the Arizona Trail toward Russell Tank in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim). 676 miles to Mexico.
    Southbound through impacted ponderosas in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino National Forest)
    Gambel oak along Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Ponderosa pines killed by dwarf mistletoe, Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Ponderosa pines killed by dwarf mistletoe, Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Cape Royal on the North Rim of Grand Canyon from the Arizona Trail along the Coconino Rim in the Kaibab National Forest (AZT Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Cape Royal and Cape Final on the North Rim of Grand Canyon from the Arizona Trail on the Coconino Rim, Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    East view off the Coconino Plateau in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    View toward the Navajo Nation from the Coconino Rim, Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf mistletoe impacts in ponderosa forests on the Coconino Plateau in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf mistletoe impacts in ponderosa forests on the Coconino Plateau in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf mistletoe impacts in ponderosa forests on the Coconino Plateau in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf mistletoe impacts in ponderosa forests on the Coconino Plateau in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf mistletoe impacts in ponderosa forests on the Coconino Plateau in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Dwarf mistletoe impacts in ponderosa forests on the Coconino Plateau in the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)
    Healthy, young ponderosas on the Coconino Plateau, Kaibab National Forest (Arizona Trail Passage 36 – Coconino Rim)

    Arizona Trail Day 15 (AZ/UT Day 21) – Passage 37, Grand Canyon South Rim

    Unfortunately, I feel like the past few days off have broken my rhythm in terms of mileage. I spent last night with some friends on the South Rim before returning to camp for the night. Unfortunately, it seems I left my wallet at Maswik when I stopped there for dinner. So I’m up early, and head back to pick up my wallet at Maswick. I also grab some more cold weather gear at the Market before returning to the trail. I push through about 6 miles on the day across the Coconino Plateau, through more limestone ridges, rice grass meadows, scrub, and pines with gambel oaks. The trail ultimately passes through an area that seems the subject of a recent prescribed burn shortly before I call it for the night. The oaks aren’t quite the aspens but they are putting on a good show as well. Tonight is going to be a cold one; I set up the tent for the frst time on the trip to combat that. All clothes and electronics are in my sleeping bag tonight. The forecast is for the temperature to go down to 16ºF tonight, but unlike the Kaibab there’s no wind, so here’s hoping it’s a bit more manageable. Fingers crossed.

    Arizona Trail sign, Kaibab National Forest, showing 113 miles to Utah, 688 to Mexico
    The Arizona Trail through ponderosa forest, Kaibab National Forest
    Gambel oaks amid ponderosa pines, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
    Gambel oaks in fall foliage amid ponderosa pines and rice grass Kaibab National Forest
    Gambel oaks in fall foliage amid ponderosa pines and rice grass, Kaibab National Forest
    Gambel oaks in fall foliage amid ponderosa pines and rice grass, Kaibab National Forest
    Gambel oaks in fall foliage amid ponderosa pines and rice grass, Kaibab National Forest

    Arizona Trail Days 10-14: Triple Zero on the South Rim and Passage 37, Grand Canyon South Rim (AZ/UT Days 17-20)

    My late arrival the other night meant that I wasn’t able to make it to the majority of the gathering, but I did still get to see some people. I was then able to spend a few days conducting post-hike job interviews, resting, resupplies – my main reason for the extended stay; I arrived on a Friday and the post office isn’t open again until Monday – and catching up with friends.

    But ultimately, it is time to head out again.

    Unfortunately, after about a week of good weather since the strong winds that came through on the North Rim, the weather is taking a turn for the worse. In the next few days the temperature will drop to 16º. After a final night, I’m heading south from the South Kaibab Trailhead. I saw a coyote last night on the Rim; this morning brings an elk and its calf as I start the journey south to Flagstaff. The trail winds through the woods for a quarter mile or so, then crosses Desert View Drive before heading towards the south entrance road. There’s some confusion in this segment since it clearly has recently been rerouted and differs from my map. But I do sort it out. The trail runs on a dirt road on the east side of the South Entrance Rd for a while; this stretch brings the first snake sighting on the trail, a Great Basin gopher snake. Bull snakes, a subspecies, are among the longest snakes in North America (up to 8 feet). It’s not venemous. The trail crosses the entrance road and follows the Tusayan Greenway through the ponderosas to the park exit, then crosses the road again on the north side of Tusayan before curving to the east of town, entering the Kaibab National Forest and running through rice grass meadows among ridges of Kaibab Limestone, ponderosa pines and gambel oaks. The fall foliage that started on the North Rim with aspens continues here on the South Rim with gambel oaks, which look particularly good in evening light. Just north of FR-302, in a sheltered grove of ponderosas, I make camp for the night. It’s chilly, but the full brunt of the cold snap isn’t here yet, and hopefully won’t quite get here for a couple days. Here is hoping.

    Great Basin gopher snake (bull snake), Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
    Arizona Trail through ponderosa pines, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
    Gambel Oaks fall foliage emerging, Grand Canyon National Park
    Departing Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park entry gate on Tusayan Greenway segment of Passage 37, Arizona Trail.
    National Park Service Arrowhead, Grand Canyon National Park entry gate (Arizona Trail Passage 37)
    Arizona Trail through ponderosas and oaks, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
    Gambel oaks along Arizona Trail, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
    Moon over Arizona Trail through rice grass meadows between ponderosa-covered limestone outcrops, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
    Gambel oaks among ponderosas on limestone outcrop ridges, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
    Gambel oaks among ponderosas on limestone outcrop ridges, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona