Campgrounds Open & Closed Due to COVID-19 (Updated April 2021)
Updated April 1st, 2021 at 1:30 PM EST
Throughout most of 2020 and into 2021, 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. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home 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. While a few areas imposed tighter restrictions or closures again in December 2020, most are now operating on their typical seasonal schedule.
- Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campgrounds, which were uniformly closed nationwide in early Spring 2020 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 backup plan if intending to utilize a casino parking lot as an overnight resting location.
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 has reopened Furnace Creek Campground, Texas Springs Campground, Sunset Campground. The primitive campsites at Eureka Dunes, Homestake Dry Camp, and Saline Valley Warm Springs are open.
Stovepipe Wells, Mesquite Spring, Emigrant, and Wildrose Campgrounds reopen on Friday, February 5.
- Denali National Park reopened all campgrounds.
- Devils Tower National Monument campground remains closed with an anticipated opening date of May 15.
- 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, 2020. 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. Kulanaokuaiki campground is open. 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 reopened all campgrounds. Individual campsites are limited to members of one household per site. Group sites are limited to 25 people maximum and up to three households per site.
- 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 has opened three campgrounds to reservations only. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some campgrounds are closed until further notice.
- 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 on June 11th.
- Mesa Verde National Park Morefield Campground reopened May 24th.
- Mojave National Preserve has reopened both campgrounds. Primitive dispersed vehicle camping is permitted.
- Mount Rainier National Park campgrounds are closed. Backcountry camping is open.
- Natchez Trace Parkway Meriwether Lewis Campground is open.
- 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 campgrounds 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 to essential travelers only.
- Redwood National & State Parks campgrounds are open.
- Rocky Mountain National Park Moraine Park and Glacier Basin campgrounds are open on a seasonal schedule for reservations only. Aspenglen, Timber Creek, and Longs Peak campgrounds remain closed.
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park reopened Potwisha campground on February 4th. Buckeye Flat campground is expected to reopen on March 17th. All camping is currently by advanced reservation only.
- 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 2021 season.
- Yosemite National Park has reopened Upper Pines campground to reservations. Yosemite National Park will open additional campgrounds during the 2021 summer camping season, with social distancing measures in place. All open campgrounds will require reservations. First-come, first-served camping will not be available in 2021. These modifications are temporary and are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Zion National Park Watchman and South campgrounds are open for those with reservations. Lava Point remains closed.
Army Corps 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