This is when national parks will reopen lodgings this summer

Written by
Sarah Medina
Travel Editor, North America
Yosemite National Park, California
Photograph: Shutterstock

With summer almost upon us, Americans are itching to get out of their homes and into the nation's best beaches, parks, and campgrounds. Sure, you can take a virtual tour of a national park or watch Old Faithful erupt via livestream, but it just hasn't been the same. Luckily, details have started to emerge on which national parks will reopen this summer and when. 

While dates are not set in stone as national parks contend with how to keep their employees and visitors safe during the usually packed summer season, it seems that the NPS is prepping to open at least some lodging this summer—though we probably won't see them operating at full capacity for some time. 

"That is a horizon date targeted at opening limited overnight accommodations, only visitor cabins initially, not hotels," Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly told National Parks Traveler

Yellowstone, for example, has committed to open some lodging on June 15, though exactly how much space will be available is unknown. Sholly also added that the park itself may be open before that date.  

Here's what else we currently know about which national parks will open for overnight stays this summer and when: 

Badlands: Lodging currently open 

Big Bend: TBD 

Bryce Canyon: Some lodging to open June 1 

Crater Lake: Some lodging to open May 15 

Death Valley: Some lodging to open June 15 

Glacier: Lodging to open starting June 15 

Grand Canyon: Lodgings to open between May 15 and June 15 

Grand Teton: Some lodging to open June 5 

Isle Royale: Some lodging to open June 26 

Kings Canyon: Lodging to open May 22 

Mammoth Cave: TBD 

Mesa Verde: Some lodging to open May 24 

Sequoia: Some lodging to open May 22 

Shenandoah: Some lodging to open June 11 

Olympic: Lodgings to open between May 22 and June 12 

Mount Rainier: Some lodging to open May 16 

Yellowstone: Some lodging to open June 15 

Yosemite: Some lodging to open May 15 

Zion: Some lodging to open May 22 

It's probably best to set an alarm on your calendar, because with limited lodging, space will go even faster than normal this year. 


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