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Coronavirus

Arizona State Parks and Trails is open for responsible outdoor recreation.

July 24, 2020: Masks are required in ranger stations, restrooms, stores or historic buildings. In outdoor areas, wear a mask if you are unable to socially distance. Some closures are still in effect. Cave tours at Kartchner Caverns have reopened with restrictions - see details below. Limited number of people are allowed inside each historic park at a time. Parking may be limited and there are capacity limits at each park (including campgrounds) to encourage social distancing.

No same-day reservations or extensions to existing reservations will be allowed. 

Arizona State Parks and Trails is monitoring the situation around COVID-19 and the impact of coronavirus for our state parks. We are taking the recommended precautions presented by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to provide a safe experience for our visitors as they responsibly enjoy campsites, cabins and hiking trails throughout Arizona's state parks. Arizona's state parks are included in the list of essential services provided by Governor Ducey.

Closed Facilities:

Alamo Lake State Park - camping loops C, D & E
Dead Horse Ranch State Park - group camping areas
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area - double campsites limited to one side
McFarland State Historic Park
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park - trails to the bridge and reservations at Goodfellow Lodge

Day-use Visitors

At this time, all recreational state parks and trails are open to the public. Two historic parks are closed, and others have capacity limits. Contact centers and gift shops may be open with physical distancing requirements. Spend time in the great outdoors and fresh air by exploring hiking trails, but please do so responsibly. We will be limiting the number of people entering the park to help maintain social distancing guidelines. Expect temporary closures at busy parks and reduced parking spaces. 

Camping at Lost DutchmanCampgrounds and Cabins

Campgrounds and cabins are open. Rangers will make contact outside when you arrive. We are following Arizona Department of Health and CDC guidelines for all cleaning procedures at campsites, cabins, restrooms and public spaces. RV campers may be asked to use RV facilities. Reservations may not be extended or made on the same day as the stay.

Campground and Cabin Reservations

Kartchner Caverns Cave Tours

Kartchner Caverns State Park will begin running limited cavern tours, by reservation only, on June 1, 2020. Masks or a face covering that covers both the mouth and nose will be required to enter the cave. This is for your safety as well as the safety of our staff and other visitors.  If you are not comfortable with this requirement, please consider delaying your visit.  We are asking that visitors bring their own mask/face covering that they are comfortable wearing. Tour capacity will be limited to six visitors per tour. If your party is more than six people, please call 1-877-MY-PARKS, option 2 to speak to a representative. At this time the cavern tours will be restricted to age 7 and over. 

If you are not feeling well, are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 please delay your visit or call us to reschedule for a later date.  There will be no Helmet & Headlamp, Photo Tours, or ASL tours until further notice.

Cave Tour Reservations

What is Arizona State Parks and Trails doing?

Our park staff continues to follow guidelines provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the CDC. Actions and guidelines include:

  • Requiring masks to be worn at all parks.
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Encouraging social distancing and metering day-use visitors to parks.
  • Reducing parking at trailheads and parks.
  • Installing shields at customer service counters.
  • Reducing capacity at group ramadas and group use areas.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Staying home when sick.
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, including public areas, restrooms and other commonly used surfaces.

What can you do to help?

Infographic showing how to stop the spread of disease in parks.

  • Do not gather in large groups
  • Wear a face mask in the parks
  • Maintain social distance of six feet
  • Use a different park or trail if it's crowded
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Pack out all trash

For RV travelers:

  • Clean surfaces inside your RV daily, including steering wheel, doorknobs, light switches, handles, and dash controls. 
  • Wash, don't shake, dirty laundry.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Bring your own cleaning supplies.
  • Prepare to use your own restroom and shower for the duration of your stay.

For hikers:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands before you go and carry hand sanitizer. 
  • Maintain a six-foot distance from other people while on the trail. If the trail is too crowded, try a different location.
  • Bring your own water and don't share water bottles.
  • Prepare for restrooms to be closed and parking to be limited.
  • Follow all signage and directions from rangers at the park.
  • Pack out your own trash to protect park employees and other hikers.
  • Stay safe, stay close to home, and stay healthy.
  • Don't take risks while hiking. Stay on the trails, don't underestimate a trail's difficulty, and don't attempt something over your skill level. Emergency responders may be limited.

Resources

For more information about COVID-19 and what Arizona is doing, see the below websites.

For information about other land managers and parks in Arizona, visit these websites:

  ARIZONA STATE PARKS  

Outdoor Recreation Info Center
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23751 N. 23rd Ave. #190
Phoenix, AZ 85085

 (877) MY-PARKS

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"Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners."