Visitors look out over Big Bend National Park while hiking the South Rim in fall 2018. Pam LeBlanc photo

Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River closed to the public this morning, after someone in the park’s residential community tested positive for COVID-19
Only park employees, residents and other authorized personnel will be allowed into the park. Through traffic is prohibited; Terlingua Ranch Road within the park’s boundaries is also closed.
The park is acting according to a COVID-19 operations plan developed alongside public health professionals, according to a press release.
“We are working closely with our state and local partners during this closure,” Big Bend National Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker said in the press release. “Healthy NPS employees will continue to work behind the scenes, improving the condition of the park, with strict adherence to social distancing and safety protocols to assure their safety. We look forward to reopening the park, when the timing is right, as safely as possible.”
For the latest park status go to the Big Bend COVID-19 Updates Page.

Chris LeBlanc takes in the view from Mesa de Anguilla at Big Bend National Park. Pam LeBlanc photo

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