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Idaho’s 30 State Parks will welcome campers back on May 30, 2020 in keeping with Gov. Brad Little’s Idaho Rebounds Plan and the progress made containing the COVID-19 outbreak.

Camping closed in late March to help stem the spread of the virus but the parks have remained open for day use, although with limitations to enhance safety. Assuming continued progress containing the epidemic, camping will reopen with new COVID-19 precautions.

The Parks Department is stocking up on personal protective equipment to conduct enhanced and more frequent cleaning of restrooms and other shared-use facilities. Campground showers will not be opened at this time because of the difficulty cleaning them to the extent recommended by public health experts.

Visitor Centers at the Parks may have updated operating hours and rules designed to encourage social distancing, such as occupancy limits.

Originally, the closure was to last until May 15th but was extended to match Gov. Little’s reopening plan and to allow park staff to ready campgrounds to receive guests – including the hiring of seasonal employees, something delayed by the outbreak. On May 14, Gov. Little modified the requirement that all out-of-state visitors self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering Idaho, and now requires only those coming from known hot spots where there has been community spread of the virus to quarantine upon entry to the state.

Please practice social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from those who are not housemates -- and avoid crowds while recreating.

Group camps and shelters will be opened on a case-by-case basis, following the social distancing and allowable group sizes based on guidance from the Idaho Rebounds plan.

Interpretive programs will again be available, although without hands-on activities and with appropriate social distancing.

While the parks will reopen, visitors are encouraged to:

  • Stay home if sick
  • Engage in physical distancing of at least six feet from non-family members or housemates
  • Wear face covering in public places
  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Also, please try to minimize your impact while visiting. Bring food, beverages and anything else you might need for a fun excursion and decrease the need to interact with the community near the park. This prevents potential virus spread and can ease tensions with local residents concerned about outsiders.

For more safe recreation tips and outdoor opportunities, see Gov. Brad Little's Recreate Responsibly Idaho page.

If you have canceled your reservation online through ReserveAmerica and were charged a cancellation fee, please call 208-514-2429 or email reservations@idpr.idaho.gov to receive your full refund. 

Idaho Parks and Recreation would like to remind you that social distancing doesn't mean you have to stay inside! Our latest blog post is full of ideas to get you and the family outside while still adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. Click here (or the image below) to be directed to the blog post.