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COVID-19 TRAVELER INFORMATION

Last updated 4/13/21 4:01PM

Utah's Canyon Country recognizes that travelers may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. We are here to support travelers during this time either with your short term and/or long term travel arrangements. To speak directly with a staff member please contact us at 800-574-4386.

Please be advised that Utah's public health agencies are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Right now our focus is on the health and safety of our communities, visitors and friends in Utah and around the world that are managing this issue

San Juan County is currently in the 'High Risk' phase and masks must be worn in public indoor settings, and outdoors, when physical distancing is not feasible; this includes both employees and patrons.



JOIN US IN SAN JUAN STRONG PROMISE

As we recover and begin resuming our usual activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure the safety of our visitors, customers, and locals alike. While restrictions or recommendations may change, we want to let you know that we will continue to go above and beyond to keep our communities a safe, healthy place to live, work, and visit.

The San Juan Strong Promise is two-fold including 1) businesses & community members 2) customers & visitors. If we all work together to adhere to the basic principles of the promise we will be able to continue to maintain operations, keep our doors open, maintain the public health, and crush the curve of COVID-19. For more information visit: UtahsCanyonCountry.com/SanJuanStrong


CLOSURES

Bureau of Land Management

  • BLM Canyon County District, Monticello Field Office is implementing a soft closure. Please visit their website for updates.
  • The General office number for the Monticello Field Office is 435-587-1500, the San Juan River information line is 435-587-1544,  Cedar Mesa Information line is 435-587-1510
  • Camping: Dispersed camping and campground are OPEN.
  • The Kane Gulch and Sand Island Ranger Stations are temporarily CLOSED. Advanced reservations are required for backpacking and visiting Moonhouse, and are available on recreation.gov. For more information please contact the Monticello Field Office: 435-587-1510
  • Special Use Permitting: 
    • Cedar Mesa permits are open, and no longer being cancelled
    • San Juan River permits are open

US Forest Service Manti-La Sal Monticello District

  • Dispersed camping is allowed
  • Devil's Canyon, Nizhoni, Buckboard, and Dalton Springs Campgrounds are OPEN.

Navajo Tribal Parks

Monument Valley Tribal Park* - CLOSED until further notice. (Press Release issued on 10/2/20

Four Corners Monument - CLOSED until further notice. (See press release above)

*Please note, while Monument Valley Tribal Park is closed, Hwy 163 passing through the community of Monument Valley remains OPEN and services (lodging, dining, gas, groceries, tours, etc.) are still available to visitors.  Goulding's Lodge & RV Park will remain OPEN and fully operational.


**Goulding's is currently offering a 'Beyond the Park' tour which takes visitors to all the best locations to view the formations of Monument Valley without entering the park, including Forrest Gump Hill, Teardrop Arch, and more!  Visit our Utah's Canyon Country Blog for more information on this new tour.)

National Parks & Monuments

2/2/21- Face masks are now required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes.
(Read: The President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.)

  • Canyonlands NP OPEN- Roads, trails, campgrounds, and restrooms are open. Needles Visitor Center is closed for the season Nov-March.  Island in the Sky Visitor Center is open Thurs-Mon 9am-4pm. (Group campsites remain closed until further notice.) www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

  • Natural Bridges NM OPEN- Roads, trails, and restrooms are open.  As weather and staffing allow, rangers provide visitor assistance outside the visitor center 9 am–noon and 2–4 pm, Thursday through Monday. The bookstore remains closed at this time. Visitor service operating hours may be subject to change due to park staffing or weather. The campground is open as of 9/10/20. www.nps.gov/nabr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

  • Hovenweep NM OPEN Roads, trails, and restrooms are open. As weather and staffing allow, rangers provide visitor assistance outside the visitor center 9 am–noon and 2–4 pm, Thursday through Monday. The bookstore remains closed at this time. The campground reopened on 9/10/20, with some sites remaining closed to promote social distancing.  www.nps.gov/hove/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

For the most timely information, please monitor Canyonlands National Park website or Facebook page  , Arches National Park website or Facebook page, Hovenweep National Monument website or Facebook page, and Natural Bridges National Monument website or Facebook page regarding any future modification of operations.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA)

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area OPEN w/restrictions/partial closures https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Lake Powell Halls Crossing launch ramp will be open to all boats Friday, Saturday, Sunday for day use only, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Beginning May 22, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will reopen access to: The Lake Powell Halls Crossing public launch ramp will be open 7 days a week to all boats and begin overnight use.

In addition, entry fees are waived, and the following spaces continue to be available:

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is open with continued access to the majority of the 1.25 million acres that comprise the park. Many opportunities remain available to enjoy the park, including hiking opportunities, shoreline fishing, beach access, human powered water recreation, and recreation on the Colorado River corridor.

 With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

Utah State Parks

Please refer to this State Park map for reference: https://stateparks.utah.gov/2020/04/17/utah-state-parks-restrictions-lifted/  

  • Edge of the Cedars State Park - Open

  • Goosenecks State Park - Open

  • Dead Horse State Park - Open


Visitor & Information Centers

Monticello Visitor Center is OPEN

Blanding Visitor Center is OPEN

Canyon Country Discovery Center is OPEN

Bluff Fort Grounds are open M-Sat 9am-6pm & Sun 9am-5pm.  Visitor Center remains closed, but drinks and snacks are available to purchase.

Bears Ears Education Center is CLOSED, they are accepting phone calls

VISITOR RESOURCES

SAN JUAN COUNTY LOCAL BUSINESS COVID-19 UPDATES

Here are resources for surrounding communities and their offerings:

Here are some great itineraries to follow while in the region:

BUSINESS & TRAVEL TRADE RESOURCES

If you are a business or travel trade partner of Utah's Canyon Country - San Juan County, please refer to this page for up to date information:

www.utahscanyoncountry.com/covid-19