In the wake of COVID-19, state and federal land managing agencies are coordinating together to help Utahns better navigate outdoor recreational opportunities, restrictions and changing conditions at both state and national parks, as well as other recreation areas statewide.
While venturing outdoors is a great way to escape cabin fever and relieve anxiety and stress, Utahns are encouraged to visit parks and recreation areas that are close to home. As it relates to state parks, Utah residents can visit state parks that are located within the county where they live — per Governor Gary R. Herbert’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Directive. Recreators should also follow the guidance outlined by their local health officials.
A digital clearinghouse can be found at coronavirus.utah.gov/recreation. This webpage provides information about responsible recreation practices, closures and agency-specific links to help individuals and families safely recreate on Utah’s public lands during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coordinating land managing agencies include the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Those recreating on Utah’s public lands should follow the social distancing guidelines and healthy hygiene habits outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Utah. Separate yourself from others and respect their social distancing – this includes not congregating at common areas or trailheads. Visitors should also stay away from parks and recreation areas when they are sick or have symptoms; practice “pack it in and pack it out” etiquette; and respect facility closures.
Visitors should check the status of the recreation area they are looking to visit before heading out. Consult the information provided at coronavirus.utah.gov/recreation and the land managing agency you’re interested in to learn more about how Utah’s recreation areas have been impacted and how you can stay up-to-date during these changing conditions.