Coverage of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the outdoors
A trio of incidents on the PCT last month demonstrate how coronavirus is magnifying the dangers of one of America’s most popular trails.
Grand Canyon is the largest national park in the country to remain open, but local health officials say its time for the park to shut its gates.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, improving air quality in our wild spaces could be a vision of a better future.
With resorts closed because of COVID-19, an unprecedented number of skiers are swapping their downhill gear for an alpine touring setup. And that's a problem.
A handful of major parks have shuttered, while many more have modified operations.
"It is clear that anyone traveling the PCT and resupplying in communities along the trail represents a serious risk to others on the trail and people in those communities."
In Utah, health officials and hospital executives are trying to keep visitors away from national parks even as the federal government makes it easier to go.
Citing risk of spreading coronavirus, CEO Sandra Marra urges hikers to postpone or cancel their 2020 hikes.
As COVID-19 spread across the US, the ATC is limiting group sizes on trail projects, shutting down its visitor center, and asking hikers who contract the virus to contact them.