COVID-19 Traveler Information
Greater Zion seeks to support our visitors with their travel decisions and offer the following resources to provide the most timely and accurate information possible, including travel recommendations and events happening in the area.
State and local public health agencies, the Utah Office of Tourism and our office are closely monitoring the continuously developing situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our focus continues to be on the health and safety of our communities, visitors, staff and friends around the world.
We are seeing that visitors want to continue to pursue their passions in Greater Zion. However, it’s personal decision whether or not to travel.
We are seeing that visitors want to continue to pursue their passions in Greater Zion. However, at this time, health and government officials have asked you to delay any travel to Greater Zion. We look forward to having you join us when travel is safe for everyone.
We continue to keep our eye on resources emerging from travel and health authorities, and encourage you to do the same:
- State of Utah’s Coronavirus Updates
- Utah Office of Tourism’s COVID-19 Traveler Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel
- American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Facts About Coronavirus
- Latest travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. State Department.
Zion National Park and COVID-19
Effective April 3, Zion National Park is closed until further notice.
State Route 9 (Zion-Mount Carmel Highway and Tunnel) and Kolob Terrace Road, the two roads through Zion National Park, remain open for local residents only. Stopping at pull offs is prohibited.
For more information, visit the Zion National Park Public Health Update website.
State parks in Greater Zion are temporarily closed to anyone who is not a resident of Washington County. Upon entrance to Snow Canyon, Sand Hollow, Gunlock and Quail Creek, drivers’ licenses will be checked to verify residency.
Attractions and Businesses
Some businesses and attractions in Greater Zion have temporarily closed in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Stay up to date with this continuously updated list of area closures.
Per a Utah Department of Health Order, all restaurant dine-in operations have been suspended. Curbside, drive-through, pick-up and delivery options remain viable. We encourage visitors to Greater Zion to check with dining establishments via phone, their social media pages or websites to learn of their offerings during this time.
Zion National Park
Due to unusual amounts of precipitation in the area, Zion National Park is experiencing some limited closures. Stay tuned here and to their alerts page for the latest visitor information. The park is still accessible, but also consider activities beyond the park. See below for “Hidden Gems & Zion Alternatives.”
The Weeping Rock Trail, Hidden Canyon Trail, and Observation Point Trail (East Rim from Weeping Rock) are closed due to rockfall damage. These closures are indefinite at this time. Lower Emerald Pools Trail is closed for trail repairs until Spring 2020
Hidden Gems & Zion Alternatives
According to National Geographic, Zion was the fourth most visited National Park in 2018. And although most people come to the St. George area to visit Zion, there are many other amazing experiences beyond the park. The following collection of blog posts highlight some of our favorites.
BLM Temporarily Closes Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area Campground
The BLM Arizona Strip Field Office has temporarily closed the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area campground in order to complete necessary renovations of the restrooms and other infrastructure to ensure the health and safety of visitors.
Once renovations are complete, the BLM will notify the public of the reopening of the campground through its website and notice to media outlets. We anticipate the renovations will be complete by January 2020.
This temporary closure does not apply to contractors, law enforcement or other agency personnel overseeing renovations or other activities. The site and facilities will continue to be patrolled by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office as well as BLM law enforcement and staff throughout the duration of the closure to ensure the health and safety of the public.
For additional information, please contact the Arizona Strip Field Office at 435-688-3200.