Last updated: Monday, May 11th 2020
We’ve been itching to venture outside just as much as the rest of you — and it looks like we finally have some answers about what to expect. Last week, the National Park Service (NPS) made the following announcement regarding reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns: “Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, we are increasing access and services in a phased approach across all units of the National Park System.”
So, what exactly does that mean?
According to USA Today, National Parks around the country are beginning to open in phases with a few stipulations to keep in line with CDC guidelines. Hiking, biking, and boating are reopening to the public; so, you can get back to enjoying your favorite outdoor activities while keeping a social distance. Other facilities, however, such as picnic areas and playgrounds, may remain closed longer. Here’s where to go online for the most up-to-date information depending on your area:
- NPS Find A Park page: Check a park’s operating status before going
- NPS coronavirus page: Get the latest public health updates from NPS
- NPS Safety at the Parks page: How to stay safe when you visit
Tips for CDC-approved van travel
We can’t wait to hit the road again — but it’s on all of us to make sure we’re going about it safely. To help us out with that, the CDC has issued health and safety considerations specifically for outdoor recreation. Be sure to read up on the do’s and don’ts before you head out for your adventure. We’re in this together! Here are a few tips from us:
- Head to state and national forests. They’re likely to be much less populated, allowing you to truly socially distance while enjoying the outdoors. Don’t worry; the Grand Canyon isn’t going anywhere.
- Use an interactive map to find national forests near you. You’d be surprised what you haven’t discovered yet. We love this Forest Service Visitor Map from the U.S. Forest Service.
- Try dispersed camping. Many state and national forests allow dispersed camping, i.e. free camping away from the designated grounds. Read the rules here.
- Stick to open areas and wide trails. Keep your 6-feet distance by avoiding narrow trails and crowded spaces.
- Review the rules before you go. Check the CDC’s page about outdoor recreation amid COVID-19 before departure.
What we’re doing to keep you safe
Our vans are always thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom after each return, ensuring cleanliness every inch of the way. We use antibacterial disinfectant and maintain a meticulous attention to detail so that our vans are safe for the next set of adventurers. Since COVID-19, we’re using masks and gloves to be extra careful so that you can leave your worries at the curb. We can’t lie — travel is going to be a bit different for a while, but we’re here to help you every step of the way.
All the best,
The Voyager Team
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