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US Yellowstone, Grand Canyon join national parks set for limited reopenings

12:42  14 may  2020
12:42  14 may  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Yellowstone National Park said Wednesday it will begin to reopen on a limited basis on May 18, almost two months after it closed to visitors, a Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona also announced a partial reopening on Wednesday. Grand Canyon National Park 's South Rim South

The Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River are shown here. The Yellowstone River is the force that created the canyon and the falls. It begins on the slopes of Yount Peak, south of the park , and travels more than 600 miles to its terminus in North Dakota where it empties into the

(Reuters) - Two of the most popular national parks in the American West - Yellowstone and Grand Canyon - will welcome back visitors on a limited basis over the next several days after lengthy closures due to the coronavirus, the government announced on Wednesday.

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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, closed to the public since April 1, will initially reopen just for four days - Friday through Monday - with public access restricted to a half dozen viewpoints along the South Rim of the canyon, the National Park Service said.

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Visitors will only be allowed in through the southern entrance from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. but will be permitted to remain until dark. A handful of picnic areas and restrooms will be open.

The South Rim's eastern entrance and desert view area will remain closed, along with the inner canyon, all hiking trails, the Colorado River and the entire North Rim of the canyon. All commercial services within the park will also stay shut.

"Visitors exporting the South Rim should plan to be self-sufficient, bringing enough food and water during their trip as well as hand sanitizer," the Park Service said in a notice posted on the park's website.

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Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon will partially reopen to the public in the coming days, and when it comes to coronavirus risks, the parks are “encouraging” but not requiring Yosemite National Park in California has not set a reopening date, but has indicated some services inside the

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The park, which normally draws more than 6 million visitors a year, is planning for a similar limited reopening for the Memorial Day holiday weekend at the end of the month, park spokeswoman Lily Daniels told Reuters.

A more expansive reopening is scheduled to begin next Monday for the southern portion of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, known for its spectacular geothermal features and abundant wildlife.

Closed to visitors since March 24, it will reopen at its southern and eastern entrances, along with the entire "lower loop" road providing access to Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful and several other geyser basins, according to the National Park Service. Visitors will have access to restrooms, service stations, trails and boardwalks in those areas.

Portions of the park that lie in Montana and Idaho, which have yet to lift out-of-state restrictions, will remain closed for the time being.

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Grand Canyon National Park . Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size.

Located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Rockefeller Parkway connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks .

As will be the case initially at the Grand Canyon, overnight lodging and campgrounds will remain closed in Yellowstone, which typically attracts some 4 million visitors a year, and no tour buses will be allowed, the park service said.

Visitors to both parks are encouraged to wear face coverings in high-density areas.

Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are the latest of several major Park Service units that have begun to welcome back visitors or will be partially reopened in the coming weeks, including Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Zion National Park in Utah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by David Schwartz in Phoenix and Keith Coffman in Denver; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Woman attacked by bison at Yellowstone .
The visitor got too close to the animal but refused medical transport, park officials said."A female visitor was knocked to the ground and injured by a bison," the National Park Service said in a statement.

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