Two State Parks Shutting Down Due To Coronavirus Fears

Valley Of Fire, Rye Patch Closing Completely

Mitch Kelly
April 01, 2020 - 6:03 am
Road through Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - In this time when many non-essential businesses have been forced to close to slow the spread of the coronavirus, residents have fewer and fewer places to go when they want to get outside for some fresh air.

Scratch two more Nevada State Parks off the list.

To protect public health and help slow the spread of COVID-19, Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park and Rye Patch State Recreation Area will be fully closed until further notice.  Closure of the two State Parks includes camping, day-use, and boating (Rye Patch) until further notice.

All other Nevada State Parks remain open for day-use only, with limited services, and day-use fees still apply. Each individual State Park’s status is subject to change based on the ability to provide services and maintain social distancing and other public health guidelines and requirements.

In a statement, Nevada State Parks say they actively supporting Governor Sisolak’s Stay Home for Nevada Initiative, including closing all State Park Campgrounds, Museums, Visitor Centers, Gift Shops, and Offices, as well as canceling or postponing interpretive programs and special events.

If you do visit one of the Nevada State Parks that is open, park officials recommend  bringing soap for hand washing and hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol when water is not available.

The Governor’s mandate on social distancing requires by law that you refrain from gathering in groups larger than 10 people while visiting a Nevada State Park.