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Glacier National Park

Foto: A red car drives along Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Source: EdwinM/Shutterstock

Visitors in 2019: 3 million

Location: Montana

Top attractions: Going-to-the-Sun Road, Grinnell Glacier, Lake McDonald, Avalanche Lake, Highline Trail

Reopening plans: Glacier National Park will open during Phase Three of Montana’s Reopening the Big Sky Phased Approach, the state’s roadmap for lifting coronavirus restrictions. Montana is currently in Phase One, which has allowed restaurants, retail shops, and places of worship to reopen as long they observe social distancing measures. Montana has not established a timeline for when it will enter Phase Two or Three.

Currently, lodges in the park are closed until at least June 15, and red bus tours are on hold until July 15. Glacier Park Boat Company has suspended all boat tours and rentals for the 2020 season.

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The park closed to all visitors on March 27, though the section of US Highway 2 that crosses through the park remained open.

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Olympic National Park

Foto: View of Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park. Source: Jason Kolenda/Shutterstock

Visitors in 2019: 3.2 million

Location: Washington

Top attractions: Hurricane Ridge mountain area, Ruby Beach, Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Forest, Lake Crescent

Reopening plans: Olympic National Park began a phased reopening on May 5. The Lake Crescent area and Sol Duc Road have opened for recreational day use; however, visitor centers, most restrooms, overnight campgrounds, and all coastal areas remain closed. The park’s lodges have announced tentative reopening dates beginning with Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort on May 29. The Kalaloch Lodge and Log Cabin Resort will follow on June 12.

Olympic National Park shut down most roads, campgrounds, and facilities on March 24 and closed beaches and coastal areas in mid-April.

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Grand Teton National Park

Foto: View of John Moulton Barn at sunrise in Grand Teton National Park, with the Grand Teton peak in the background. Source: Kenny Tong/Shutterstock

Visitors in 2019: 3.4 million

Location: Wyoming

Top attractions: Grand Teton peak, Jenny Lake Trail, Scenic Loop Drive, Chapel of the Transfiguration (a log-cabin-style church built in 1925), Moose Wilson Road

Reopening plans: Grand Teton National Park began a phased reopening on May 18, reinstating access to primary roads, some public restrooms, seasonal trails, shore fishing, and select commercial tours during the day.

For the time being, campgrounds, visitor centers, backcountry permits, marinas, restaurants, and boating activities remain unavailable. Ahead of full reopening, the park is implementing plexiglass barriers in high-traffic areas to promote social distancing.

The park closed to visitors on March 24, though highways that run through and extend beyond the park remained open.

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Acadia National Park

Foto: View of Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Source: Zack Frank/Shutterstock

Visitors in 2019: 3.4 million

Location: Maine

Top attractions: Cadillac Mountain, Park Loop Road, Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, Jordan Pond, Carriage Roads cycling trail

Reopening plans: Most of Acadia National Park, including campgrounds, car-free carriage roads, visitor centers, and restrooms, has been closed since March 25; however Park Loop Road and most trails have remained open to hikers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Park campgrounds are set to reopen on June 15, pending the status of the pandemic. Hulls Cove, the park’s main visitor center, is currently scheduled to reopen on June 1, and Sieur de Monts Visitor Center will reopen June 15. Overnight parking is banned for the time being, and Island Explorer shuttle service between the park and nearby Bar Habor has been suspended indefinitely for 2020.

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Yellowstone National Park

Foto: View fo the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Source: Lorcel/Shutterstock

Visitors in 2019: 4 million

Location: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho

Top attractions: Lamar Valley, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Grand Prismatic Spring, Old Faithful geyser, Lower Yellowstone River Falls

Reopening plans: Yellowstone National Park announced a three-phase reopening plan that went into effect May 18. So far, the park has opened its South and East entrances in Wyoming, access to the lower loop of Grand Loop Road, as well as select restrooms, self-service gas stations, trails and boardwalks, medical clinics, and tours.

The park will enter Phase 2, which involves reopening campgrounds, visitor centers, and visitor cabins, as health conditions allow later in May or in June.

The park closed to visitors on March 24, though highways that run through and extend beyond the park remained open.

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Yosemite National Park

Foto: Half Dome seen from Glacier Point outlook in Yosemite National Park. Source: rmbarricarte/Getty Images

Visitors in 2019: 4 million

Location: California

Top attractions: Glacier Point outlook, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Half Dome rock formation, Tunnel View outlook

Reopening plans: Yosemite National Park has not yet announced plans to reopen. The park closed to visitors on March 20, though it remains open to residents of communities within the park’s boundaries.

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Zion National Park

Foto: View of Zion Canyon in Zion National Park. Source: bjul/Shutterstock

Visitors in 2019: 4.5 million

Location: Utah

Top attractions: The Narrows trail, Angel’s Landing trail, Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Canyon Overlook trail, Observation Point

Reopening plans: Zion National Park partially reopened for day use beginning May 13 and has waived visitor fees to minimize the potential for disease transmission at park entrances. Eight trails reopened; however, no off-trail hiking is permitted and hikers are urged to stay six feet apart. The six-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is also open, but only private vehicles will be allowed and the drive temporarily has been temporarily closing to visitors when its 400-car parking lot reaches capacity.

Beginning May 22, The Narrows hiking trail will be open depending on water flow.

The park fully closed to visitors on April 3, though roads through the park remained open for residents.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Foto: View of Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Source: Sean Xu/Shutterstock

Visitors in 2019: 4.7 million

Location: Colorado

Top attractions: Trail Ridge Road, Emerald Lake Trail, Bear Lake, Old Fall River Road, Alberta Falls

Reopening plans: Rocky Mountain National Park will begin a phased reopening to increase recreational access on May 27. While details of the reopening are still being figured out, so far the park has announced that it will begin issuing wilderness camping permits again, and shuttle bus service within Bear Lake Road corridor will resume with a maximum of 15 passengers per trip. Moraine Park and Glacier Basin campgrounds will open at half capacity on June 4.

The park closed to all visitors on March 20.

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Grand Canyon National Park

Foto: A hiker looks out over the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park. Source: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko

Visitors in 2019: 5.97 million

Location: Arizona

Top attractions: Grand Canyon South Rim, Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim, South Kaibab Trail, Rim Trail

Reopening plans: Grand Canyon National Park will reopen its South Rim for day use May 22-25, though visitors will only be allowed to enter through the South entrance between the hours of 4 and 10 a.m. and must pay entrance fees at automated fee machines or purchase a pass in advance.

Inner canyon trails, the Rim Trail and Greenway Trail system, bicycle and wheelchair rentals, limited food and beverage services, and the East Desert View Drive up until Navajo Point will be open.

Existing backcountry permits will also be honored. Additional reopening plans will be determined as conditions allow.

The park, and the section of Highway 64 that runs through the park, closed on April 1.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Foto: View of Clingmans Dome observation tower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Source: Theron Stripling III/Shutterstock

Visitors in 2019: 12.5 million

Location: Tennessee, North Carolina

Top attractions: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Foothills Parkway, Clingmans Dome observation deck, Cades Cove, Laurel Falls

Reopening: Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopened select roads, trails, restrooms, and picnic areas on May 9. The park is also issuing backcountry permits, and the LeConte Lodge, the park’s official lodging option, reopened May 18. Additional roads, trails, and facilities will reopen on May 23; however, visitor centers and campgrounds remain closed. The park also canceled its popular synchronous firefly viewing event, when shuttles take ticketed visitors to the Elkmont section of the park in late May and early June to witness tens of thousands of fireflies.

The park closed, with the exception of the Foothills Parkway and the Spur, on March 24.

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