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Are Wilderness Areas Open

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Bob Roberts
• Sunday, 29 November, 2020
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A coalition of groups is opposing legislation that would allow mountain bikers to access trails in wilderness areas /Kurt Rehashed file Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ron Widen, D-Oregon, of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining, which has been considering the measure.

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Under the legislation, federal land managers -- including the National Park Service -- would be given the authority to decide whether to allow and how to regulate non-motorized travel in wilderness areas within their jurisdictions. “Today’s mountain bikes, with their disc brakes, shock absorbers and climbing-gear-oriented drive trains are technical machines designed to take their riders further and faster than ever before.

“Where a backpacker or horseback rider might take an entire day to climb 10 miles into the wilderness, a mountain biker can do it in two hours. This 2016 position strategically aligns with our well-established and relevant mission to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences.

We are actively compiling tips from our community on the latest campground closures, limitations and openings for campers due to COVID-19. While following safety guidelines from local and federal governments, National Parks are beginning to reopen after COVID-19 closures.

Parks plans to reopen in phases so prepare for limited operations, including closed campgrounds and visitor centers. Plan ahead by contacting parks prior to visiting and making advanced camping reservations.

See the full list of National Parks whose operations have changed due to the Coronavirus below or see all alerts from NPS. During this time it is still best to check ahead before planning to stay and make sure to leave no trace.

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During March 2020, more than 30 states have closed campgrounds or delaying their openings to correspond with new guidelines on social gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While these eased up in the summer months, make sure to check individual parks and campgrounds closed in each state by reading our state-by-state guide below.

Private RV parks and campgrounds in the U.S. are deemed “essential” by local governments on a case-by-case basis. It is recommended to call and check for openings for any private RV parks and campgrounds in the U.S. Download The Dirt app to find contact info and directions to camping nearby.

All Alabama state parks state-owned public areas will remain open for entry and camping until further notice with limitations on crowd size and some facilities. All beaches will be open to gatherings of 10 or fewer people following social distancing guidelines.

All outdoor activities including hiking, camping, and fishing will be allowed as long as social distancing guidelines are respected. Call or check online for information on individual state parks.

Alabama RV parks have been designated as “essential services” and remain open on a case-by-case basis. Arizona RV parks have been designated as “essential services” and remain open on a case-by-case basis.

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For any available Arizona camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. California RV parks have been designated as “essential services” and remain open on a case-by-case basis.

For any available California camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. Designated swimming areas are open but playgrounds remain closed until further notice.

Colorado RV parks have been designated as “essential services” and remain open on a case-by-case basis. For any available Colorado camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

Please limit travel to get to these sites and check out Connecticut’s full restrictions ahead of time. For any available Connecticut camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

Delaware RV parks have been designated as “essential services” and remain open on a case-by-case basis. For any available Delaware camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

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Most Florida State Parks are open for camping, but reservations must be made ahead of time. Limitations have been put in place to maintain low density and follow social distancing guidelines.

Florida RV parks are being designated as “essential services” on a case-by-case basis by local governments. For any available Florida camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites remain open for entry and camping. With increased crowds, some parks may limit the number of people entering.

For any available Georgia camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Hawaii camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available Idaho camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Illinois camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

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Public facilities managed directly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently closed. Indiana RV parks have been designated as “essential services” and remain open on a case-by-case basis.

For any available Indiana camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Iowa camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available Kansas camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. Campers are asked to download the Reserve America camping app to check in upon arrival.

For any available Kentucky camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Louisiana camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available Maine camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Maryland camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

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All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to Quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. Massachusetts State Parks are open as of July 1, you can reserve camping in MA here.

Administration asks that you respect social distancing guidelines and urges you to stay local. For any available Massachusetts camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

While restrictions including limited events, no drinking fountains, and closure of many visitor centers is taking place, amenities at campgrounds including bathrooms, picnic tables, and shelters have reopened. For any available Michigan camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

Camping is largely open in Minnesota, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stipulates that you cannot share a campsite or campfire with more than three households or 15 people, or fewer than necessary to ensure social distancing. For any available Minnesota camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available Mississippi camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Missouri camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

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For any available Montana camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. The Nebraska Game and Wildlife Commission has announced that parks will be open for camping that meets social distancing and group size standards.

For any available Nebraska camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Nevada camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available New Hampshire camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available New Jersey camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

Any individual arriving in New Mexico from any high-risk state must, whichever is shorter, regardless of any negative COVID-19 test. For any available New Mexico camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

State parks ask that you respect social distancing guidelines and reserve campsites ahead of time. To encourage social distancing during this crisis, all public programs and events held in state parks and some facilities have been limited including bathrooms and recreation areas.

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For any available New York camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. Visitor centers and park offices are open, and masks or face coverings are required to enter.

Picnic shelters and group campsites that accommodate less than 50 people are open. For any available North Carolina camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available North Dakota camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. Some facilities at these state parks remain closed including group rentals and group camps, pools, splash pads, all nature centers, most visitor centers, and programming.

For any available Ohio camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. Guests dining at restaurants must wear face covering until actually being seated at their table.

Anyone lodging at a facility must wear a face covering when outside their room or cabin. For any available Oklahoma camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

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For any available Oregon camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. All out-of-state visitors to Pennsylvania state parks and forests must, have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 prior to entering the commonwealth.

For any available Pennsylvania camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Rhode Island camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

South Carolina State Parks are accepting new reservations for camping and cabins. For any available South Carolina camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available South Dakota camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Tennessee camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available Texas camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Utah camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

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Visitors are asked to follow social distancing guidelines with any individuals outside their household. For any available Vermont camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available Virginia camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. For any available Washington camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

For any available West Virginia camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. Wisconsin State Parks and forests have resumed normal hours for day use.

Campgrounds in these parks are open and must be reserved online prior to visiting. For any available Wisconsin camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations.

State parks, forests, and camping facilities have mostly re-opened at this time. Go online to reserve a spot or call ahead to make sure the parks are open.

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For any available Wyoming camping opportunities, be mindful of current restrictions and contact campground owners before making reservations. Prior to visiting Acadia, all people entering Maine from another state are expected to quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Per governor’s orders, you must wear a mask whenever within six feet of anyone you don’t live with (indoors or outside). The south unit of the park is closed in accordance with Gala Sioux Tribe ordinances.

Per the Utah governor’s order, you must wear a mask whenever within six feet of anyone you don’t live with (indoors or outside). In support of the State of California’s Regional Stay at Home Order, campgrounds are closed and permits are suspended.

Some concession-operated tours and services have modifications in place for public health. Sugar lands, Oconaluftee and Cases Cove Visitor Centers are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily with capacity limits.

Nauru (Thurston Lava Tube), east parking lot, and bathrooms Nmakanipaio Campground In support of the CDC, state and local public health authorities, the park is modifying operations.

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Following COVID-19 guidelines: visitor centers remain closed and backcountry permits are limited. Due to California’s stay-at-home order issued for the San Joaquin Valley region, all park campgrounds are closed through at least February 1, 2021.

Wuksachi Lodge, restaurant, gift shop, and restrooms are closed until further notice. The Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) interior exhibits remain closed, however, an outdoor contact station will be staffed in front of the building every Saturday & Sunday, as well as President’s Day.

If the Skyline Drive is closed due to inclement weather, the contact station will not be staffed. Due to COVID-19, the number of visitors will be limited inside the buildings.

We have compiled all active alerts for campgrounds and cabins in the Recreation.gov network, which includes properties in some but not all National Park, Bureau of Land Management areas, US Forest Service areas and more. Because of the size of this list (over 2,000 active alerts), we have put it in a separate article you can access here.

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