Social Distancing at Zion National Park
With so many businesses and event centers temporarily closing doors – Zion National Park is still open during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred many closures as well as “social distancing”. Social distancing means isolating and staying away from public gatherings. That means a temporary end to concerts, going to the gym, sporting events, and many other activities and events. But getting fresh air in the great outdoors? Nature is still wide open and might just be the best place to go.
The State of Utah encourages everyone to isolate themselves where possible and keep a distance of 6 feet from others in public. Zion’s wide open spaces and low visitation makes it a great place for exercise and activity. Director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Robert Murphy, says that “you can practice social distancing outdoors, just keep to yourself”.
Zion National Park is world-famous for hiking. Hiking is an incredible outdoor activity and doubles as great exercise. With the low traffic in Zion, it’s easy to hike and keep a safe distance from others. Remember to wash your hands as often as possible and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Check out Zion’s many hikes!
Mountain Biking & Road Cycling
Riding a bike is another fantastic form of outdoor recreation while keeping distance from others. Zion is at the heart of some of the world’s best mountain biking trails, like Gooseberry Mesa trial, the Whole Guacamole trail, and others. Along with mountain biking, visitors can ride on Zion’s paved roads in the canyon. Read all about biking in Zion here.
Southern Utah is a climbers mecca and climbing is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. Along with climbing, visitors can go rappelling and bouldering as well while keeping a safe distance from other adventurers.
Now, it’s not advised to gather with too many people outside your family and friends, but a small game of soccer or frisbee is another great outdoor activity. Springdale offers two community parks perfect for family fun. Check out the Springdale Town Park and the George Barker River Park in Springdale, Utah.
The Coronavirus has certainly shaken up any plans visitors to Zion National Park may have had. The good news is that many activities in and around the Park can still be done safely and responsibly. Getting outside and soaking in the warm sunshine offered by mother nature is in itself a great way to stay healthy and fight sickness, but it’s important to do this responsibly and follow recommendations by the CDC and local and national government. Social distancing doesn’t have to be cooped up inside, so (if you’re feeling alright) get outside and social distance at Zion National Park.
Have fun and stay safe!