Breaking news, Utah’s National Parks are open! Utah's Five National Parks, along with Glen Canyon/Lake Powell, Cedar Breaks and Natural Bridges National Monument opened yesterday Oct. 11. The state of Utah has made arrangements to open for the Columbus Day Weekend.
And more good news through Sunday, all the Utah State Parks will accept National Park passes for entry. The Utah Division of State Parks has agreed to honor National Parks Passes - Access, Annual, Senior, and Volunteer - for free admission to all of Utah's 43 state parks during the Federal Government Shutdown.
Arches National Park
The park will be fully opened at 8:00 am, including visitor center.
Campsite reservations for 10/12 and beyond will be honored. Visitors with existing reservations at the Arches campground can check on their reservations at www.reserveamerica.com or by calling 877-444-6777.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park opened most facilities at 3:00 pm, October 11, 2013. Facilities open include the scenic drive and viewpoints, Visitor Center, and most hiking trails.
Capitol Reef National Park is open.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is also open. Escort cars are available for oversized vehicles traveling through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel..
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
Flaming Gorge is still open! Unfortunately, all the Forest Service Campgrounds are closed, Sheep Creek, Dowd Mountain/Summit Springs areas and Manila itself have lots of color right now.
Glen Canyon/Lake Powell National Recreation Area
Main entrances to Glen Canyon are open to the public beginning at 12:00, October 11, 2013. These include the main ramps at Wahweap, Antelope Point, Halls Crossing, and Bullfrog. Mussel inspection procedures are in place and must be followed.
The Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is open from Lee's Ferry upstream to the dam. The Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River, from Lees Ferry downstream remains closed to all river launches.
Golden Spike National Historic Site
From Golden Spike National Historic Site: 10/1/13 " All visitor facilities including visitor center, park trails, and tour roads – except Golden Spike Drive, a county thru way – are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens."
For further information check with the individual parks and for updates at http://www.visitutah.com