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Grand Reopening – COVID-19 Restrictions and What To Expect at the Grand Canyon + Other Southwest Locations

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Last updated: April 16, 2021

Much has changed at the Grand Canyon and other landmark locations in the Southwest in the last year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. From restrictions and service limitations to mask mandates, every attraction, monument, and State or National Park, has made adjustments to how they operate and the way you can enjoy the many trails, viewpoints, and services they have to offer.

We know you have questions about what to expect at the Grand Canyon, as well as other iconic Southwest locations like the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, and the Valley of Fire. Check out our quick reference chart below for current restrictions, mask requirements, and more at:

  • The Grand Canyon National Park (North and South Rims)
  • Grand Canyon West
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Death Valley
  • Red Rock Canyon
  • Valley of Fire
  • Hoover Dam
  • Lake Mead
  • State of Nevada
  • City of Las Vegas

Keep reading below the chart for more details on what to expect at each of these locations. Information will be updated regularly.

#GrandReopening: Status as of April 16, 2021

AttractionStatusMasks Required?Other Information
Grand Canyon National Park (South & North Rim)Open with some exceptionsYes, as per NPS recommendationsNorth Rim is closed until May 15 (usual seasonal closure)

Most Desert View visitor facilities remain closed.

Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles.

South Rim Visitor Center and Theater, Park Headquarters Information Desk, and Backcountry Information Center (BIC) are all closed.

All Interpretive Park Ranger programs are cancelled.

Restrictions exist on both the Navajo and Havasupai reservations.
Grand Canyon WestOpen with restrictionsMasks required except when eating and drinking.
Antelope CanyonClosedMasks required for residents of Navajo Nation.

No outside visitors are permitted at this time.
Horseshoe BendOpen with restrictionsYes, as per NPS recommendationsNo overnight camping along the Beehive/Ferry Swale road network

Park Headquarters, Carl Hayden Visitor Center, tours of the Glen Canyon Dam, and Bullfrog Visitor Center are closed.
Death ValleyOpen with some exceptionsYes, as per NPS recommendationsOnly accepting payment for day pass fee by debit credit card.
Hoover DamOpen with limited access to most facilitiesYes, as per NPS recommendationsNo tours or exhibits are open.
Lake MeadOpen with some restrictionsYes, as per NPS recommendationsPark Store and Visitor Center are open but exhibits and film are closed,
Red Rock CanyonOpen with some exceptionsYes, as per State of Nevada and Bureau of Land Management regulationsReservations required for Scenic Drive.

Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center is closed.
Valley of FireOpen with some restrictionsRecommended but not requiredGroup use areas require reservations.
City of Las VegasOpen with some exceptions and restrictionsYes, as per State of Nevada regulationsIndividual establishments set their own COVID-19 protocols based on city and state recommendations and mandates. Check individual establishment and hotel websites to confirm their safety guidelines and whether they are open, open with restrictions, or closed.
State of NevadaOpen with some exceptions and restrictionsYes, inside and outside when around people not in your immediate householdIndividual establishments set their own COVID-19 protocols based on city and state recommendations and mandates. Check individual city, establishment, and hotel websites to confirm their safety guidelines and whether they are open, open with restrictions, or closed.

Grand Canyon National Park (South and North Rims)

The Grand Canyon National Park at the South Rim is open with restrictions in place. The North Rim is closed for the season until May 15.

What's open and closed?

Park operations vary based on local public health conditions. Before visiting, please check the Grand Canyon National Park website to determine its operating status.

Open

  • East entrance at Desert View is open as of April 8, 2021.
  • Hermit Road is open to foot and bicycle traffic.
  • Campgrounds are open for the season.
  • Rim Trails are open to the public outside the Grand Canyon Village and residential area. All Canyon trails are open for day hiking.
  • Hikers’ Express Shuttle, Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route), and Hermit Road (Red Route) shuttle buses are running.
  • Grand Canyon Conservancy’s Park Store is open.
  • Yavapai Geology Museum, Verkamps Visitor Center, Kolb Studio, Hopi House, Lookout Studio are open.
  • South Rim lodging and most eateries are open.
  • Bicycle rentals are open.
  • Market Plaza services are open.

Closed

  • South Rim Visitor Center and Theatre is closed.
  • Park Headquarters Information Desk is closed.
  • Backcountry Information Center (BIC) is closed.
  • Desert View facilities and services, including Desert View Watchtower and Tusayan Museum, are closed.
  • Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles between March 1 and November 30, 2021.
  • Village (Blue Route), Westbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route), and Tusayan (Purple Route) shuttles are closed.
  • All interpretive Park Ranger programs are cancelled.
  • RV and Camper Services building (including laundry, showers, and food service) is closed.
  • The North Rim of the Park and State Route 67 are closed for the Winter. The 2021 Season is scheduled to begin on May 15, 2021.

Mask requirements

Face masks are required on NPS-administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained, as well as inside all NPS buildings and facilities.

Individuals over the age of two years must wear face masks, except when actively eating or drinking in the following locations:

  • All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to: park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants.
  • The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained: Mather Point, Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza, all bus stops, Hopi Point, Greenway Trail from Verkamps to Bright Angel Trailhead, and all entrance stations.

Other information

Entrance Fees should be paid at the entrance stations, or by purchasing a pass in advance from nearby third-party vendors, or online, through Recreation.gov.

Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

Grand Canyon West

Grand Canyon West is operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, and is therefore subject to Hualapai Indian Tribe rules and restrictions.

A number of safety protocols are in place, including:

  • Non-invasive no-touch temperature checks with temporal thermometers, plus the collection of contact information when guests arrive at the Grand Canyon West parking lot.
  • Guests are required to observe physical distancing recommendations by staying at least 6 feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines, using elevators or exploring the grounds of Grand Canyon West. Wherever a line may form, guests will find clearly marked floor measurements to ensure physical distancing.
  • Restaurant tables, gift shops and other physical layouts have been arranged to ensure appropriate distancing.

What's open and closed?

Open

  • Restaurants are open with reduced seating capacity.
  • All viewpoints are open.

Closed

  • No closures.

Mask requirements

Masks or protective face coverings are required for all guests and employees.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo Nation Tribal Lands, and is therefore subject to Navajo Nation rules and restrictions.

What's open and closed?

Open

  • No services or attractions are open at Antelope Canyon.

Closed

  • Antelope Canyon is closed indefinitely, with no reopening date specific. No private entry and no guided tours are running to Antelope Canyon.

Mask requirements

Masks required for residents of Navajo Nation. No outside visitors are permitted at this time.

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and is therefore subject to NPS mask use recommendations and COVID-19 restrictions.

What's open and closed?

Open

  • Horseshoe Bend is open, but there are closures at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Closed

  • Within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Park Headquarters Any overnight camping along the Beehive/Ferry Swale road network Carl Hayden Visitor Center, tours of the Glen Canyon Dam Bullfrog Visitor Center

Mask requirements

Face masks are required on NPS-administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all NPS buildings and facilities.

Individuals over the age of two years must wear face masks, except when actively eating or drinking in all common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to: park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants.

Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is operated by the National Park Service, and is therefore subject to NPS mask use recommendations and COVID-19 restrictions.

What's open and closed?

Death Valley National Park is open with some restrictions in place.

Open

  • Roads, trailheads, and overlooks are open with some exceptions for construction.
  • Camping is open at Furnace Creek, Texas Springs, Sunset, Stovepipe Wells, Mesquite Springs, Wildrose, and Emigrant campgrounds.
  • Primitive campgrounds are open at Eureka Dunes, Thorndike, Mahogany, Homestake Dry Camp, and Saline Valley Warm Springs.
  • Visitor centers are open daily 8 AM-5 PM. Outdoor pass sales and information, as well as bookstore items, are available for purchase.
  • Takeout food and gas stations may be open with stores operating at reduced capacity. Check with private businesses directly for more info: Stovepipe Wells Resort, The Oasis at Death Valley, Panamint Springs Resort.

Closed

  • Bonnie Claire Road and Scotty’s Castle remain closed due to ongoing flood recovery work.
  • Group campsites are closed till the end of 2021.
  • Park film and exhibits are not available.

Mask requirements

Face masks are required on NPS-administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all NPS buildings and facilities.

Individuals over the age of two years must wear face masks, except when actively eating or drinking in all common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to: park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants.

Other information

No reservation is required to visit Death Valley National Park. Park fees are paid upon arrival. Please note that only credit/debit payment is accepted. Passes can also be purchased online at recreation.gov.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is operated by the Bureau of Land Management, and is therefore subject to federal mask use recommendations and COVID-19 restrictions.

What's open and closed?

Open

  • Scenic Drive is open daily from 6 AM to 8 PM. Reservations are required between 8 AM and 5 PM through May 31, 2021, and can be purchased online along with entry passes. You must enter within your reserved 1 hour window.
  • Day use trails, camping, and parking facilities are open.

Closed

  • Visitor Center is closed.
  • Red Spring picnic area is closed. Parking lot and restrooms open.
  • All campsites at Red Rock Campground.
  • All programs and events have been cancelled or rescheduled.

Mask requirements

Face masks are required on federally-administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all BLM buildings and facilities.

Other information

  • Scenic Drive reservations are still required on “Fee Free” days between 8 AM and 5 PM. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance daily starting at 7 AM. Some last minute reservations are available. Reservations are required for existing passholders. The cost to reserve includes a $15 day pass and $2 processing fee.
  • Parking is only permitted in lots and not along the Scenic Drive. Gates will be closed if lots hit capacity.

Valley of Fire

All Nevada State Parks are open for day use, including the Valley of Fire.

What's open and closed?

Open

  • Campgrounds are open with restrictions when necessary.
  • Restrooms are open, but you must provide your own soap and sanitizer.
  • Hiking trails are open during hours of day-use operation.
  • Most Nevada State Park visitor centers, museums, gift shops, and group-use areas have opened. Contact the park directly for more information.

Closed

  • No closures.

Mask requirements

Masks are recommended in all visitor centers, museums, gift shops, and park offices, as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

Masks are not required outdoors when social distancing is possible, or when you are interacting exclusively with members of your own household.

Other information

Group use areas require reservations until the end of 2021. Please contact the park directly to reserve a group area.

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is operated by the Department of Interior, and therefore follows federal COVID-19 restrictions and mask use recommendations.

What's open and closed?

Open

  • Memorial Bridge plaza and walkway and Historic Railroad Trail are open.
  • Outdoor areas are open throughout the site.
  • Restrooms are open with restrictions.
  • The cafe at the parking garage is open.
  • Gift shops at the parking garage and Arizona turnaround are open.

Closed

  • Ticket sales for visitor center tours and exhibits.
  • All visitor center tours and exhibits.
  • Memorabilia is closed.

Mask requirements

Face masks are required when visiting Department of Interior facilities and public lands, including outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is operated by the National Park Service, and is therefore subject to NPS mask use recommendations and COVID-19 restrictions.

What's open and closed?

Open

  • Nevada entrances are open, including: Boulder entrance station, Lake Mead Parkway entrance station, Lake Mead Boulevard entrance station, Northshore entrance station, and Cottonwood Cove entrance station.
  • Arizona entrances are open, including: Willow Beach, Temple Bar, and Katherine Landing.
  • Nevada parking lots, launch ramps, overlooks, beaches, picnic areas open in: Hemenway Harbor, Las Vegas Boat Harbor, Lake Mead Marina, Boulder Beach, Boulder Harbor, Sunset Overlook, Longview Overlook, 33 Hole Overlook, Las Vegas Bay Overlook, Las Vegas Bay, Callville Bay, Echo Bay, Redstone, and Cottonwood Cove.
  • Arizona parking lots, launch ramps, overlooks, beaches, picnic areas, Willow Beach Fishing Pier, and trails are open.
  • Developed campgrounds are open.
  • All coves and roads in the Eldorado area, including Nelson Landing, Placer Cove, and Aztec Wash are open.
  • All coves in the Government Wash area are open, including Crawdad Cove, 8.0, Boxcar Cove, and Stewarts Point.
  • All coves along Powerline Road near Cottonwood Cove, including Six Mile Cove and Nine Mile Cove.
  • Nevada Telephone Cove is open.
  • All trails are open.
  • Park store and visitor center is open.

Closed

  • Park headquarters in Boulder City, NV is closed.
  • Exhibits and films at visitor center are closed.
  • Saddle Cove is closed.
  • Cottonwood Cove Upper Campground is closed due to flood risk.

Mask requirements

Face masks are required on NPS-administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all NPS buildings and facilities.

Individuals over the age of two years must wear face masks, except when actively eating or drinking in all common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to: park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants.

State of Nevada

As COVID-19 cases decline, the State of Nevada has relaxed other restrictions starting March 15, 2021, including:

  • Restaurants and bars may operate at 50 percent occupancy, with strict social distancing. No more than six patrons per table and masks must be worn unless actively eating or drinking. Reservations are no longer required.
  • Casinos, gyms, museums and other attractions may operate at 50 percent capacity.
  • Public gatherings will return to the pre-pause restriction of 250 people, or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less.
  • Adult entertainment establishments remain closed until at least May 1).

Mask requirements

The State of Nevada issued a statewide mask mandate on March 27, 2020, requiring residents and tourists to wear masks in any public space, both indoors and out, if they are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from people outside their household. The mask mandate remains in place as neighboring states loosen their mask requirements.

McCarran International Airport

The following restrictions apply at McCarran Airport:

  • All travelers and employees are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. Signs and overhead announcements serve as reminders of the governor’s mandate. Masks may be purchased in news and gift stores and from PPE vending machines. Free masks are available at Information Booths.
  • Only ticketed travelers and employees can enter the terminals. Greet loved ones at Passenger Pickup, and say goodbye at the curb.
  • Floor decals and signs will be displayed throughout the facilities to remind travelers to stay six feet apart. Overhead announcements will reinforce the message.
  • Limit face-to-face interactions by checking in at home and using a mobile boarding pass.
  • Travel with a carry-on only and be sure to pack hand sanitizer.
  • Some dining and shopping are temporarily closed. Check online to see what’s open.

City of Las Vegas

All guests and residents of the city of Las Vegas must follow State of Nevada restrictions and mask mandates.

As of March 15, these Las Vegas establishments may open and operate at 50 percent capacity:

  • Libraries, museums, art galleries, aquariums, and zoos
  • All interactive and/or hands-on exhibits must be closed. High-touch surfaces should be avoided and cleaned frequently.
  • Food and drink should be contained to areas designated as restaurants/food courts and should adhere to requirements in place for those types of establishments.
  • Places of worship
  • Retail stores and indoor malls.
  • Retail stores, including grocery stores, may offer limited self service food and drinks with mitigation measures in place.
  • Medicinal and recreational cannabis establishments.
  • Community/recreational centers, including public pools
  • Indoor food and beverage establishments, including restaurants, bars, pubs, wineries, distilleries and breweries.
  • Gyms, fitness studios, yoga studios, dance studios, martial arts studios and similar establishments
  • Gaming floors

Mask requirements

The State of Nevada issued a statewide mask mandate on March 27, 2020, requiring residents and tourists in Las Vegas and across the state to wear masks in any public space, both indoors and out, if they are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from people outside their household. The mask mandate remains in place as neighboring states loosen their mask requirements.

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About Ria Borja

Ria is a Customer Experience Manager at Canyon Tours and an avid lover of the outdoors. When she isn't helping other travelers check destinations and dream vacations off their bucket lists, she's busy exploring the Southwest. Her favorite place to visit is (unsurprisingly!) the Grand Canyon.