Campgrounds Open & Closed Due to COVID-19 (Updated October 2020)
Updated October 20th, 8:30 PM EST
Throughout most of 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted life across America – including access to campgrounds. Initially, numerous campgrounds closed due to the virus. Many campgrounds later reopened, some completely, some partially, and many with procedures and/or facility limitations to address the concerns of COVID-19. This page has tracked public and private campgrounds, RV parks and dispersed camping locations that are currently closed, are not accepting new reservations or are operating with restrictions prohibiting some types of campers. You’ll also note the mention of camping locations that have reopened, or have set a date for reopening. If you would like to add information or a place to this list, please submit closures – or reopenings here.
Please be sure to contact a location directly before setting out – some places that reopened have closed again due to local COVID-19 outbreaks, or are operating with restrictions that may cause you to reconsider your stay.
Table of Contents:
Open RV Parks and Campgrounds
National Park Closures
Army Corp of Engineers (COE) Closures
Chain Campground Closures
Military Campground Closures
State-by-State Closures & Responses
Are campgrounds open for camping during the Coronavirus?
The CDC addresses travel, stating “travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” Addressing RV travel specifically, the CDC states “you may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel usually means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.,” as noted in the FAQ section of their Travel In The U.S. webpage.
During this time, campground policies are tending to change quickly, and are often subject to local or statewide restrictions and recommendations. It is wise to call ahead before traveling to your destination.
This document addresses Coronavirus-related closures or limitations only. Seasonal closures or closures due to other disasters or reasons are not included in this document.
- While many state park campground systems closed partially or completely during the initial months of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, as of late summer 2020, all state park campgrounds had reopened in some capacity.
- Army Corp of Engineer (COE) campgrounds, which were uniformly closed nationwide in early Spring due to the pandemic, have largely reopened. Reopening is on a district by district basis. It is highly recommended that you contact any COE campground directly for the most up-to-date information.
- Many casinos and their corresponding parking lots, which often permit overnight parking, closed during the early months of the pandemic. While many have reopened to overnight parking, we recommend you have a back-up plan if intending to utilize a casino parking lot as an overnight resting spot.
National Park Closures
- Cumberland Gap Wilderness Road campground reopened June 11th.
- Cumberland Island National Seashore reopened all camping July 6th.
- Curecanti National Recreation Area campgrounds reopened June 1.
- Death Valley National Park reopened all single unit campgrounds. Dispersed camping is permitted. Group camping is closed.
- Denali National Park reopened all campgrounds.
- Devils Tower National Monument campgrounds are closed.
- Dinosaur National Monument campgrounds reopened June 7th. Backcountry camping has resumed.
- Dry Tortugas National Park campground has reopened.
- Everglades Nationals Park has reopened front country and backcountry camping.
- Gauley River National Recreation Area Gauley Tailwaters Campground is closed.
- Glacier National Park has reopened campgrounds.
- Glen Canyon National Recreation Area campgrounds have reopened. Dispersed overnight camping along the Beehive/Ferry Swale road network is closed.
- Grand Canyon National Park campgrounds mostly reopened June 5th. The East Entrance to the park at Desert View, the Desert View Watchtower area, and campground are closed.
- Grand Teton National Park has reopened campgrounds.
- Great Basin National Park reopened most campgrounds.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopened single site campgrounds June 8th. Group campgrounds are closed.
- Great Sand Dunes National Park campgrounds reopened in June.
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park has reopened single site campgrounds and backcountry camping. Group camping remains closed.
- Gulf Island National Seashore campgrounds have reopened.
- Haleakalā National Park campgrounds remain closed.
- Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Nāmakanipaio Campground is closed. Backcountry camping is now permitted.
- Hot Springs National Park reopened Gulpha Gorge campground on May 29th.
- Hovenweep National Monument reopened their campground on September 8th.
- Isle Royale National Park campgrounds have reopened.
- Indiana Dunes National Park reopened Dunewood Campground.
- Joshua Tree National Park campgrounds and camping have reopened. Groups are limited to 25 or less in size.
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area reopened campgrounds and RV parks as well as backcountry camping.
- Lake Meredith National Recreation Area has reopened camping.
- Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area reopened Kettle Falls, Fort Spokane and Spring Canyon and all boat-in campgrounds July 1st. Group camping is closed.
- Lassen Volcanic National Park reopened campgrounds on June 1st, and began following typical seasonal campground opening timelines after that date.
- Mammoth Cave National Park campgrounds reopened June 11th.
- Mesa Verde National Park Morefield Campground reopened May 24th.
- Mojave National Preserve has reopened all campgrounds.
- Mount Rainier National Park campgrounds are closed. Backcountry camping is open.
- Natchez Trace Parkway Meriwether Lewis Campground is closed.
- Navajo Nation Tribal Parks are closed.
- New River Gorge National River Glade Creek, Grandview Sandbar, and Stone Cliff Campgrounds are now open. Other campgrounds remain closed
- North Cascades National Park single family campgrounds reopened June 12th. Group camping remains closed.
- Obed Wild & Scenic River Tennessee has reopened Rock Creek Campground.
- Olympic National Park has reopened all campgrounds.
- Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Alamo and Twin Peaks campground are now open and backcountry permits are available. Group camping remains closed.
- Ozark National Scenic Waterways campgrounds reopened May 22.
- Padre Island National Seashore has reopened all camping. Inconsistent shutdowns of camping have happened throughout the summer months, so be sure to check with the park directly before heading out.
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has reopened most campgrounds.
- Pinnacles National Park campground is open for those with reservations.
- Point Reyes National Seashore camping and campgrounds reopened July 9th.
- Redwood National & State Parks are open by reservation only.
- Rocky Mountain National Park Moraine Park and Glacier Basin campgrounds reopened for reservations only. Aspenglen, Timber Creek and Longs Peak campgrounds remained closed. All campgrounds are now closed for the season.
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park reopened Potwisha, Lodgepole, and Sunset campgrounds.
- Shenandoah National Park reopened all campgrounds and backcountry camping June 11th.
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has reopened all campgrounds.
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park campgrounds have reopened.
- White Sands National Monument is closed to backcountry camping.
- Wind Cave National Park reopened Elk Mountain Campground.
- Yellowstone National Park reopened Madison Campground, Bridge Bay, Grant Village, and Canyon Campground. Fishing Bridge is closed for the 2020 season.
- Yosemite National Park has reopened Upper Pines Campground and Wawona Horse Camp to reservations only. All other campgrounds remain closed.
- Zion National Park Watchman and South campgrounds have reopened to reservations only. Lava Point remains closed.
Army Corp of Engineers (COE) Response
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) was the first overseeing body to mass close their campgrounds due to the Coronavirus pandemic. COE managed campgrounds in every Division and District in the nation began an orderly shutdown beginning on March 20th. Beginning May 15th, Army Corps Divisions, and the Districts within them were permitted to reopen campgrounds and campsites based on local mandates.
We recommend contacting any COE camping area directly before arrival to confirm availability and restrictions.
Chain Campground Responses
- Escapees / SKPs statement & response
- KOA COVID-19 statement & closures list
- Resort Parks International statement
- Sun RV Resorts COVID statement
- Thousand Trails / Encore Resorts RV
Military Campground Closures
- Multiple military RV parks and campgrounds across the U.S. closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. U.S. Military Campgrounds & RV Parks is tracking these closures on their website.
State-by-State Closures & Responses
It is highly recommended you contact any RV park, campground, or public camping management service before arrival.
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- COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systms Science & Engineering At Johns Hopkins University