UPDATED: March 31
Rather than write new stories each time the closure of retail stores or campground is announced, or particular activities are shut down because of coronavirus, we’ll keep a running list here, updating it with new information as it’s available.
Campgrounds, Parks, and Regions
• Zion NP is closing two popular campgrounds, Watchman and South.
• As of March 25, 29 units of the 419-unit system managed by NPS were closed.
• The Grand Canyon has been closed to river trips until at least May 21.
• Over the weekend, authorities closed Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes National Seashore, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and White Sands National Park in New Mexico.
• All roads and campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park are closed.
• Rocky Mountain, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia national parks are closed. That includes trails, roads, and all facilities.
• Other U.S. national parks remain open to visitors, though most visitor centers and any service that offers person-to-person contact has been suspended. Entrance fees have been suspended. Here is a full and updated list.
• Zion National Park has stopped running its shuttle services.
• California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area is mostly closed to visitors.
• Yosemite National Park is open, but services, including lodging, are closed.
• Canada has shuttered all national park services.
• State park campgrounds in the following states have closed: California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. A full list of state park closures not limited to campgrounds is here.
• On March 17, the Southeast Utah Health Department closed restaurants, bars, and movie theaters for 30 days. Lodging in Carbon, Emery, and Grand counties is only to be rented to residents in “essential” need. Campers must camp 200 yards apart, and it’s expected that campgrounds will be closed. One sobering data point: Moab’s hospital has just 17 beds and no intensive-care unit.
• San Miguel County, Colorado, home to Telluride, has ordered all residents to shelter in place and will be testing everyone in the county for coronavirus. In Italy, a town that applied this technique brought spread of the disease to a halt.
• Here is a thorough list of national park campgrounds that are closed, even if the park itself remains open.
Retail and Industry-Related Events
• ISPO, Europe’s version of Outdoor Retailer, just canceled their summer, 2020 show.
• Alpenglow Sports in Lake Tahoe sold $75k in gift cards in just four days.
• Overland Expo West has been postponed
• Some brands and retail outlets are now offering free shipping since their retail locations are closed. REI, Osprey, and Big Agnes among others.
• KEEN is donating 100,000 pairs of shoes to people hard hit by the economic fallout.
• The Outdoor Retailer trade show remains scheduled for late June in Denver, but it seems increasingly unlikely that it will take place. Operator Emerald Exhibitions has canceled 20 events through June 1, at an estimated loss of nearly $50 million. Mountain Hardwear announced that it will not participate if the show is still on.
• Patagonia has closed all stores and is not processing online orders until at least March 27. Employees will be paid.
• Evo’s five stores are closed.
• VF Corp. offices, headquarters, and stores (Icebreaker, North Face, Smartwool, Timberland) will be closed at least until April 5. Employees will continue to get paid. News release here.
• REI’s stores will be closed at least through March 27. Employees will continue to be paid. Read CEO Eric Artz’s letter here.
• Huckberry closed it offices, canceled all events, and closed its New York City store.
• Petzl has closed its Utah headquarters.
• The Outdoor Industry Association’s Capitol Summit has been postponed.
• With the Bay Area under a shelter in place order, local outdoor chains like Sports Basement and Any Mountain are closed.
• Other brand retail closures include Burton, Canada Goose, Merrell, Mountain Hardwear, Prana, and Stio.
• Adidas announced that it would be keeping its stores open, then scrambled to close them in the wake of criticism. As of March 17, its offices were still open and executives were required to be at work.
• Helly Hansen has closed all retail locations in the US, Canada, and Europe.
• On March 15, Alterra Resorts announced they were suspending operations for the season, as did the North American properties of Vail Resorts—though Vail said Breckenridge, Heavenly, and Whistler Blackcomb could potentially reopen later in the season.
• Most Tahoe-area resorts closed soon after, just in time for some of the most snow-packed storms of the season which have been pummeling the area all week.
• Most resorts in Europe closed last week.
• Ski resorts across New England have shuttered as well.
• All Colorado resorts closed by an order from the governor.
• In all, well more than 100 resorts across North America have closed.
Expeditions, Guide Services, and Other Entities
• Beloved gravel race, the Dirty Kanza, has been postponed until October, with a planned virtual event in early April.
• The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.
• The North Pole expedition season is canceled as the Russian ice camp at Barneo won’t be erected due to coronavirus concerns.
• Mt. Everest is closed for the season.
• Nepal will not issue climbing permits for any mountain, Everest included, this season.
• The American Alpine Institute has canceled all programs through the end of April.
This list will be updated.