Bryce Canyon Latest National Park to Close Due To COVID-19
Apr 6, 2020, 7:38 PM
BRYCE, Utah – Bryce Canyon has joined the growing list of closed national parks in Utah.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all park areas will close until further notice on Tuesday at 5 p.m., according to officials with the National Park Service.
“We have been working closely with Garfield County and the state of Utah to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the state’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order,” said park Superintendent Linda Mazzu said. “Continued visitation to Bryce Canyon made it hard to maintain the thresholds needed to ensure a safe visit, which is why this temporary closure is so important. I’d like to express my appreciation to Garfield County for taking the initial steps in this process. Your support for Bryce Canyon National Park and our communities is greatly appreciated.”
The other member of Utah’s “Mighty Five” parks, Capitol Reef National Park, closed its scenic drive and visitors center on Monday. State Route 24, which passes through the park, remains open, along with some restrooms and trails.
Governor Gary Herbert also closed all state parks to visitors from outside the county where the park is located to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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