The National Parks Service expects to have a busy season in 2021 and is looking to ensure park visitors know what to expect as restrictions continue to ease across the country and traffic at parks picks up.
“Like lots of places you go this year, we may not yet be able to offer the past level of service as we emerge from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” the National Parks Service said on their website.
As travel has started to pick up, with vaccination rates rising, many have found their way to national parks across the country. Because of the heavy influx of traffic, some visitors have been unable to enjoy the sites they originally planned on seeing.
“Anywhere you go, there’s going to be a line,” Libby Preslock said to the Wall Street Journal. On a recent Thursday, Preslock arrived at 9 a.m. at Arches National Park in Utah, where she was met with recommendations to come back in four to five hours due to the number of people present. Not giving up, she then headed to Canyonlands National Park, where she waited about half an hour to get inside.
The National Parks Service is aware of the influx of visitors. Because of this, they are recommending and asking visitors to be mindful of the following before making their way out to a park.
1. Make a plan and a backup plan.
Those who visit a park should make plans via nps.gov/planyourvisit to ensure that the park you are looking to see is open and that you are aware of any restrictions still in place. Visitors can also download the