Updated March 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Most ski resorts in Utah have suspended operations until further notice. See Ski Utah's COVID-19 updates for a complete report.
National parks, monuments, forests and public lands:
Many national park visitor centers are closed, so call to confirm closures. A few parks remain open despite visitor center closures. For the most complete information visit the National Park Service website, or the BLM Current Operations in Utah.
- Arches National Park is closed.
- Canyonlands National Park is closed.
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and Four Corners has closed. Currently, nearby Goulding's Lodge remains open and conducts other tours in the area. Visitors traveling near Monument Valley should consider Valley of the Gods and Goosenecks State Park as alternatives. Additional options in the region here.
- Zion National Park is closed.
Utah state parks:
State parks are open only to residents of the county the park resides in. For the latest information, consult the state park website.
- All Utah restaurants and bars are closed to dine-in food service. Curb-side take out is permitted where restaurants offer it. Check out supportutahdining.com for a list of these restaurants.
- In addition, museums, performing arts centers, visitor centers, and entertainment options with occupancy above around 25 people are closed. Call to confirm openings before making any travel plans until further notice. See Visit Salt Lake for additional updates. More area closures are listed here.
- The Utah State Capitol and Council Hall visitor center are closed to visitors.
- All Moab hotels, lodging and camping are closed to non-local visitors. This extends to lodging in Grand, Carbon and Emery counties, but San Juan County south of Moab does not have restrictions.
- Additional closures are expected across the Wasatch Front.
Coronavirus travel recommendations
- The Utah Department of Health is encouraging everyone to take serious precautions, especially staying at least six feet away from other people and staying home.
- Follow updates and case counts from the Utah Coronavirus Task Force at coronavirus.utah.gov
- Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Coronavirus Task Force are now following federal guidelines recommending no gatherings of more than 10 people. Check event calendars if your travel to Utah was event-based.
- When traveling, always exercise healthy travel habits and to follow the CDC's official information for travelers.
- At this time, the National Park Service is operational, though focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Department of Interior Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and other federal, state, and local health authorities.
- Mobile visitor center desks are set up outside the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Zion Human History Museum to assist visitors; the goal is to maintain optimum air circulation, social distance, refraining from concentrating visitors within confined spaces.
- Expect operational changes at the national parks as the situation advances
Ultimately, it is your personal decision whether or not to travel.
Condé Nast Traveler emphasizes the need to travel smart. There is plenty of uncertainty regarding COVID-19, amplifying the need to "traveling consciously, with awareness and respect for the place you're visiting."
Coronavirus key resources
- Center for Disease Control COVID 2019 Information for Travel
- American Hotel & Lodging Association's Coronavirus Resource Page
- State of Utah Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force Updates
Healthy travel practices
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Do not touch your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department