Coronavirus USA Updates: Closed national parks plan phased reopenings

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Coronavirus USA Updates: Closed national parks plan phased reopenings
Coronavirus USA Updates: Closed national parks plan phased reopenings

Several national parks are starting to partially reopen, including Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton, both currently closed, are set to reopen on May 18 with limited access.

Yellowstone’s Wyoming entrances will be open, while entrances in Montana and Idaho, where there are restrictions on out-of-state travel, will remain closed, NPS said. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks, and a limited number of people will be allowed in certain areas at a time.

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Grand Teton in Wyoming will reopen access to main roads, hiking trails and more, while the campgrounds and visitors center will remain closed.

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Arizona’s Grand Canyon will increase access to South Rim viewpoints from May 15 to 18. The South Rim South Entrance will be open to traffic from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The park recommends arriving no later than 9:30 a.m. to avoid traffic backups. All visitor facilities and trails in the park remain closed, including Grand Canyon Village and Desert View.

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Rocky Mountain National Park will start a phased reopening on May 27, the NPS announced Tuesday.

NPS said it is working with federal, state and local public health authorities to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

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