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Moab COVID-19 Updates

Current Moab Status – UPDATED May 29, 2020

  • Arches National Park – Trails & Overlooks Open – Camping & Visitor Center Closed

  • Canyonlands National Park – Trails & Overlooks Open – Camping & Visitor Center Closed

  • Dead Horse Point State Park – Open

  • Trails (OHV/Hiking/Biking) on BLM Land – Open

  • Developed Campgrounds on BLM Land – Open (50% of Campgrounds)

  • Dispersed Camping on BLM Land – Open

  • National Forest Developed Campgrounds: Warner Lake (excluding cabin), Oowah Lake, Mason Draw – Open

  • Commercial Campgrounds & RV Parks – Open

  • Overnight Accommodations (Hotels/Motels/B&B’s/Condos/Guest Homes) – Open

  • Restaurants – Open

  • Guides & Outfitters – Open

  • Equipment Rentals – Open

  • Vehicle Rentals – Open

  • Shops & Galleries – Open

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the national parks open?

Yes. On May 29,2020 Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park opened, allowing access to:

  • All park roads, trails, and restrooms
  • Commercial operations as previously permitted

Backcountry permits for Canyonlands and climbing/canyoneering permits for Arches will be available for use starting May 30th.

With public health in mind, the following facilities and services remain closed at this time:

  • Visitor centers and park stores
  • The Fiery Furnace and backcountry camping at Arches
  • Devils Garden Campground at Arches
  • Willow Flat Campground at Island in the Sky district and Needles Campground in The Needles district of Canyonlands

Fee collection continues to be suspended at both parks until further notice.

Are trails (OHV, hiking, biking) on public lands (Bureau of Land Management) open?

Yes. All trails on BLM land are open.

Can I camp on public lands (Bureau of Land Management)?

On May 29, 2020 the BLM re-opened approximately half of the campgrounds for public access. These campgrounds are the following:

  • Along SR-128: Goose Island, Big Bend, Upper Onion, Lower Onion, Fisher Towers, Hittle Bottom, and Dewey Bridge;
  • Along SR-279: Jaycee Park, Williams Bottom, and Gold Bar;
  • Along SR-313: Lone Mesa, Horsethief, and Cowboy;
  • Along Kane Creek: King’s Bottom, Hunter Canyon, and Ledges A-D;
  • Sand Flats Recreation Area: Campgrounds A through D are available;
  • Other areas: Ken’s Lake, Courthouse Rock, Windwhistle, Hatch, Rock Castle, and Westwater.

Is Dead Horse Point State Park open?

Yes, the park is open to everyone.

Spend It Like A Local

Moab Cares

• About our Community

• About our Visitors

As we recover and begin resuming our usual activities during the Covid-19 crisis, we want to ensure the safety of our visitors and locals alike. While restrictions or recommendations may change, we want to let you know that Moab is striving to keep our destination a safe, healthy place to live and visit.

What Moab is doing as a destination:

  • Adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Southeast Utah Health Department and the Governor of Utah.
  • Supporting the temporary closure of national parks and camping on public lands. These closures are important to help Grand County and the Southeast Utah Health Department manage the phased reopening of lodging in Grand County by controlling the amount of recreational tourism that increases impacts upon our small, critical-access hospital, medical and law enforcement teams, Grand County EMS and Search & Rescue.
  • Providing hand-washing stations throughout town.
  • Facilitating social distancing as much as possible.

What Moab is asking you to do:

  • Wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and when you cannot socially distance.
  • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer when hand washing isn’t available
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Use social distancing as much as possible.
  • If sick, avoid contact with others and self-quarantine.
Moab Face Mask

Thank you for wearing a face covering while in Moab!

Health Order Update for May 1, 2020

An updated health order was released on May 1, 2020 with guidelines for partial reopening of certain Moab businesses. The new guidelines (May 1, 2020) include:

Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Hostels
Reservations allowed with occupancy limitations based on the size of the facility. Occupancy permissible with a 24-Hour Rest Period prior to cleaning and between check-ins. When possible, rooms should remain vacant for 48 hours after check-out and prior to cleaning.

Commercial Campgrounds, Recreational Vehicle (RV) Parks
Permissible occupancy for RV and tent sites is 50% capacity and 30% for cabins (with a 24 hour rest period.)

Short-term rentals (e.g. condos, nightly rentals, “AirBnB,” “VRBO,” etc.)
Permissible occupancy is 100% capacity, with a 24-Hour Rest Period. When possible, rooms should remain vacant for 48 hours after check-out and prior to cleaning.

Face Coverings
Each individual acting in the capacity of an employee of a business shall use a face covering. A business may refuse service to customers without a face covering. All other individuals should use face coverings in all public indoor and outdoor places when persons are unable to maintain safe social distancing of six feet or more from others not in their households, including when entering and while inside retail businesses (e.g. grocery, liquor, and hardware stores).


We care about you! We are asking everyone to follow the President’s guidelines:

  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people
  • Use restaurant drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits
  • Listen and follow the directions of your state and local authorities
  • If you feel sick, stay at home. Do not go to work, Contact your medical provider.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible

We value all of our visitors and our local community. Please follow the guidelines above. You are all important to us! For additional prevention tips visit

Where can I find additional information on COVID-19’s impact on Moab?

For more information we encourage you to visit Moab City COVID-19 Info & Moab COVID-19 Task Force.

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