California’s National Parks Are Open, But How Much?

Signs of life.

As Governor Gavin Newsom continues to move California through further phases of reopening, all 11 national parks and recreation centers are open, if only partially. These restrictions may change as the year moves along, but for now, here’s what the Los Angeles Times reports for a few of our favorite outdoor escapes:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area. “Slowly reopening. The area, which includes Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods, Kirby Cove campground, Conzelman Road (overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge) and the Point Bonita Lighthouse, has closed those sites and many others (especially parking areas), while leaving many beaches and trails open. Details are on the National Park Service website, or check the park’s advisory Twitter account @GGNRANPSAlerts. The recreation area’s Baker Beach and China Beach in San Francisco are open.”

Yosemite National Park “on Thursday 6/17 reopened lodgings, one campground and many popular trails, but will limit the number of visitors. Travelers who go for the day will need to pay entrance fees in advance and receive a vehicle pass on recreation.gov. Last Friday the park began allowing those with permits to hike up Half Dome and enter the wilderness area, according to the park’s Facebook page. The cables that take visitors to the top of the landmark are in place. Also opening on Friday in the Fish Camp area just outside the park’s southern entrance: the Tenaya Lodge, with more than 300 rooms.”

Get the scoop on all the state’s national parks here.

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