CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Arches, Canyonlands To Close Due To COVID-19 Worries

Mar 27, 2020, 7:13 PM
FILE: Double Arch in Arches National Park
(Arches NP/NPS)...
FILE: Double Arch in Arches National Park (Arches NP/NPS)
(Arches NP/NPS)

MOAB, Utah – Arches and Canyonlands national parks will close to all visitors beginning Saturday, according to officials with the National Park Service.

The announcement was made by the Southeast Utah Group of national parks in response to guidance from the Southeast Utah and San Juan public health departments and Moab Regional Hospital.

Additionally, visitor centers, park bookstores and campgrounds at Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments are closed through April.

“All vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians are prohibited from entering any park areas, including campgrounds, trails, backcountry and roads,” officials said. “Any recreational use of the parks is in violation of this closure.”

Also on Friday, Governor Gary Herbert announced Utah state parks will only be open to residents from the county where the park is located.

Updates can be found here:

Arches NP

Canyonlands NP

Hovenweep NM

Natural Bridges NM 


Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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Arches, Canyonlands To Close Due To COVID-19 Worries