Yosemite UpdatesApril 28, 2021
The road to Glacier Point in Yosemite opens April 30. Mariposa grove remains closed due to storm damage (and even if the grove will open – there is currently no free shuttle from the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza to the Mariposa Grove due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Parking is available (until full) at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. There are approximately 300 parking spaces and it may fill by mid-morning. Access to Mariposa Grove is via a two-mile hike (each way) on the Washburn Trail or the Mariposa Grove Road (each have approximately 500 feet in elevation gain). Several miles of trails are available in the grove from that point.
Reservations for Cadillac Summit Rd, Acadia NPApril 11, 2021
Vehicle reservations are required for Cadillac Summit Rd in Acadia NP from May 26 through October 19. Reservations can be made 90 days in advance. See more info here.
Major Yellowstone Road ClosedApril 10, 2021
The road between Tower Junction and Canyon in Yellowstone NP will be closed for the 2021 season. See more info here.
Reservations Required for the American Rockies NPApril 10, 2021
Due to Covid-19 reservations are required for the American Rockies NP for the 2021 summer season. The reservation window for June opens May 1st and so on. For more info press here.
Reservations Required for the Zion NP shuttleApril 10, 2021
Due to Covid-19 reservations are required for the Zion NP shuttle for the 2021 summer season. See first day to reserve below. For more info press here.
Reservations Required for visiting Yosemite NPApril 10, 2021
Due to Covid-19 reservations are required for visiting Yosemite NP for the 2021 summer season. See first day to reserve below. For more info press here.
Reservations Required for Glacier NPApril 10, 2021
Due to Covid-19 reservations are required for driving the Going to the Sun Rd in Glacier NP for the 2021 summer season. The reservation window opens 60 days in advance. For more info press here.
Route 1 opensApril 10, 2021
After being closed for a few months due to a landslide, California’s Route 1 (between Monterey and Morro Bay) is due to reopen April 31st.
Vehicles free day – Cades Cove Loop RdFebruary 14, 2021
No Vehicles will be allowed along the Cades Cove Loop Road (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) each Wednesday, from June 17th through September 30th 2021. See more info here: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/cadescove.htm
Route 1 in California closedFebruary 1, 2021
Route 1 in California closed south of Big Sur and north of Ragged Point to to a collapse of the road.
See more info here.
The location of the collapse is circled in black. The area of the road closure is highlighted in yellow. You may travel the road from Carmel to south of Big Sur and back north to Carmel (pink line), or from Cambria north until the closure and back south (green line):
Navajo Nation UpdateOctober 14, 2020
Navajo Nation Update – Navajo Nation tourist sites (Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly and more) remain closed due to Covid-19. See updated information here.
Grand Canyon UpdateOctober 14, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park update – State Route 64, (Desert View Drive), is open a distance of 22 miles, from Grand Canyon Village to Navajo Point. There is a turnaround at Navajo Point. The East Entrance to the park at Desert View, the Desert View Watchtower area and campground are CLOSED. You must use the South Entrance near the town of Tusayan to enter and exit the park. See more information here.
Yellowstone UpdateOctober 14, 2020
Yellowstone National park’s roads are starting to close for the winter. See road status here.
Rocky Mountain UpdateOctober 14, 2020
Rocky Mountain National Park update – The park has temporarily implemented a timed entry system effective on June 4.
Permits issued using the reservation system allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance passes and reservations are required for all areas of the park, including outlying areas when arriving by vehicle whether a visitor parks within the park or outside the park boundary. This includes but is not exclusive to Lumpy Ridge, Lily Lake, Longs Peak, Wild Basin, East Inlet, and North Inlet.
Reservations to enter the park are available through Recreation.gov. On August 1, reservations became available for the month of September and any remaining days that had not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked.
Yosemite UpdateOctober 14, 2020
Yosemite National Park update – Traveling through the park on Tioga Road or any other road requires a reservation. Highway 108 (Sonora Pass) is the closest alternate route over the Sierra Nevada in most cases.
Acadia UpdateOctober 14, 2020
Acadia National Park update – Vehicle reservations are required for Cadillac Summit Road and Sand Beach Entrance, which allows access to Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and trailheads for Ocean Path, The Beehive, Great Head, and Gorham Mountain along a 2-mile section of the Park Loop Road.