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Which National Parks Are Open?

  How-To's & Resources, National Parks, News & Events

February 11, 2019

Tioga Road (continuation of Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed. There is no estimate on reopening, but they usually reopen around late May. Check current road conditions/chain requirements by calling 209/372-0200 (then 1,1).

Which National Parks Are Open?

While you can count on the majority of our National Parks to be open most of the year, it is always a good idea to double check the status of each individual park both while planning your trip and right before you arrive. Natural hazards like winter storms, flash floods, and wildfires can occur at any time, resulting in precautions ranging from road closures to full closures of the park. And yes, government shutdowns are always something to look out for.

The Aftermath of the Government Shutdown

After the partial government shutdown that ended Friday, Jan 25, Mike Litterst, chief spokesman for the National Park Service, said the nation’s more than 400 parks are reopening on a rolling schedule. Some of the parks that were partially open and accessible during the shutdown are expected to get back to full operations more quickly.

The following statement was up on the National Parks Service website on 1/29/19:

With the enactment of the continuing resolution, the National Park Service is preparing to resume regular operations though the schedule for individual parks may vary depending on staff size and complexity of operations. Many parks which have been accessible throughout the lapse in appropriations remain accessible with basic services. Visitors should contact individual parks or visit park websites for the latest information opening schedules and accessibility and visitor services. Some parks which have been closed throughout the lapse in appropriations may not reopen immediately. [As of 1/29/19]

Book your trip worry-free with our flexible cancellation policy!

We realize that our National Parks are some of the most popular destinations for our renters. That’s why we like to be flexible when it comes to unexpected events like government shutdowns or closures. If you need to cancel your trip due to one of these reasons, please contact our reservations department at reservations@escapecampervans.com or +1 310 672 9909 (option 1) to speak with our team. As long as you give us 3 days notice prior to your pickup date, we will allow you keep your $200 deposit on file with us for a future trip!

We’re also providing a regularly-updated list below of which National Parks are open. There are quite a few, so we’re narrowing it down to the top 20 most-visited parks. For a full list of park closures and alerts, visit the National Parks Service website.

Always check with each individual park for the most accurate information

While we update the list below regularly, it may not have the most up-to-date information. The best way to check the status of the National Park(s) you want to visit is to check their individual websites and/or call them. These are the 3 main places to get this information are:

Current Statuses and Alerts from the Most-Visited National Parks

Last updated February 11, 2019, 2:40 MST 

National ParkStatus
AcadiaNormal operations have resumed.
ArchesNormal operations have resumed.
BadlandsNormal operations have resumed.
Bryce CanyonDue to unstable snow conditions, all trails leading below the rim (with the exception of Mossy Cave) are currently closed. Major viewpoints remain open, as well as the Rim Trail north of Inspiration Point. Due to winter conditions, Wall Street, the Rim Trail between Inspiration and Bryce Point, Peekaboo Loop, and the final 300 ft of Bryce Point are closed. Fairyland and Paria roads are closed for winter activities. Fairyland and Paria roads are closed for winter activities. More info: https://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
CanyonlandsNormal operations have resumed.
Death ValleyScotty's Castle CLOSED until 2020. Flooding in Grapevine Canyon from a severe thunderstorm has destroyed the road to Scotty's Castle, damaged infrastructure and some out-buildings in the Castle complex.
GlacierWe have some very cold temperatures and extreme winter weather arriving in the park right now. Before you come up this weekend please check with the National Weather Service websites. On the east side: https://www.weather.gov/tfx/ and on the west side: https://www.weather.gov/mso/. Glacier National Park has closed portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road for the season.
Grand CanyonDesert View Dr. (Hwy 64) is closed due to snow and Hazardous Driving Conditions. Hermit Road is also closed this morning. Traveling? Call 928-638-7496 for current road conditions and closures recording. more. South Rim is open all year. North Rim is closed for the winter and will open May 15, 2019.
Grand TetonWinter Road Conditions U.S. Hwy 26/89/191 between Moose Jct and Moran Jct is currently closed due to limited visibility and drifting snow. There is no estimated time for reopening. Call 307.739.3682 for updates.
Great Sand DunesThe Medano Pass Road is closed at Castle Creek Picnic Area for the winter season due to dangerous ice crossings and snow.
Great Smoky MountainsWeather and road conditions can vary greatly in different elevations. Go to https://twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps for the latest road and facility closures. Due to the Government shutdown this winter, delays in the spring opening of campgrounds, picnic pavilions, and cabins are anticipated. The reduced timeline for seasonal staff hiring and project planning has inherently shifted the scheduled openings.
Joshua TreeDue to heavy rain on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, some dirt roads in the park are closed. Bighorn Pass, Queen Valley, O'Dell, and Desert Queen Mine roads are open. All others are closed until conditions improve.
Mount RainierThe gate to Paradise at Longmire will remain closed today due to winter storm conditions. The road is open to Longmire. Chains required for 2wd vehicles at the Nisqually Entrance. All vehicles must carry tire chains.
OlympicMany park roads and campgrounds normally open during the winter season are temporarily closed due to downed trees/debris or storm damage. Call the recorded Road & Weather line at 360-565-3131 for daily updates. Elwha (Olympic Hot Springs) Road closed to vehicles beyond Madison Falls parking lot due to washout. Open to bicycle/pedestrian traffic beyond Madison Falls parking lot. Parking and turnaround space are limited. No visitor facilities beyond the gate at the parking lot. A bypass trail provides access around the flood damage.
Rocky MountainNormal operations have resumed.
Sequoia & Kings CanyonThe Generals Highway may be closed from Hospital Rock Picnic Area to the Giant Forest, limiting access to sequoia groves for vehicles entering via Highway 198. For current road conditions, call 559-565-3341. More rain and snow are in the forecast. When chain restrictions are in effect, tire chains are required for all vehicles in control areas, including vehicles with snow tires, 4WD vehicles, and AWD vehicles.
ShenandoahDue to the unpredictability of inclement weather, the status of the Skyline Drive can change frequently. For the current status, call (540) 999-3500 (select option 1, then option 1). More info: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
YellowstoneMost park roads closed to automobiles November 5 and will begin reopening April 19, 2019. The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana through the park to Cooke City, Montana is open year-round.
YosemiteTioga Road (continuation of Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed. There is no estimate on reopening, but they usually reopen around late May. Check current road conditions/chain requirements by calling 209/372-0200 (then 1,1).
ZionThe Kayenta Trail and Upper Emerald Pools Trail are closed until further notice due to storm damage. The Hidden Canyon Trail was closed on Aug. 28, 2018 due to a rockfall. Observation Point (from Weeping Rock) was closed on Jan. 18, 2019 due to rockfall. Access to Kolob Canyons in Zion National Park will be restricted due to a construction project beginning May 1, 2018. The road, and trailheads along the road, will remain closed until early 2019. More info: https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

How You Can Help the US National Parks After a Shutdown

Stay Informed

Be aware of alerts and continuing closures at each individual National Park. These are often in effect for your own safety as well as to protect and preserve our parks.

Donate

The National Park Foundation (NPF), the official umbrella nonprofit for the whole parks system, has established a fund that they will dole out to the various parks according to need. People can donate now to the Parks Restoration Fund to create a pool of money the individual parks can draw from as soon as they can begin restoration.

Volunteer

Sign up to be alerted for volunteer opportunities once parks staff are back online and able to coordinate requests to help. Each of the parks also has a more local nonprofit partner that helps upkeep them, and NPF is coordinating with those entities directly to manage donations and volunteer requests.

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