Arizona State Parks and Trails is open for responsible outdoor recreation.
April 6, 2022: Arizona's COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency has now ended. Normal operations at parks has resumed. See below for ways we offered mitigation during the emergency.
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.
All facilities are open.
All recreational state parks and trails are open to the public. Spend time in the great outdoors and fresh air by exploring hiking trails, but please do so responsibly.
Campgrounds and Cabins
Campgrounds and cabins are open. Rangers will make contact when you arrive. We are following Arizona Department of Health and CDC guidelines for all cleaning procedures at campsites, cabins, restrooms and public spaces.
Kartchner Caverns Cave Tours
Kartchner Caverns State Park offers fully open cavern tours. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
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.
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:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Installing shields at customer service counters.
- Reviewing all group reservations and events to ensure guidelines are followed.
- 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?
- Do not gather in large groups
- Consider wearing a face mask inside
- Maintain social distance of six feet
- Use a different park or trail if it's crowded
- Use hand sanitizer
- Pack out all trash
- Be prepared to wait or come back if your favorite trail is temporarily closed
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.
- 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.
- Follow all signage and directions from rangers at the park.
- Pack out your own trash to protect park employees and other hikers.
- Stay safe 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.
For more information about COVID-19 and what Arizona is doing, see the below websites.
- Center for Disease Control
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- Responsible Outdoor Recreation in Arizona
- Find vaccine locations in Arizona
For information about other land managers and parks in Arizona, visit these websites:
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
- National Forest Service
- National Park Service
- Maricopa County Parks
- State Land Department
- Pima County Recreation