With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping most of us inside the last few months, there is some good news: the National Park Service is reporting that an increasing number of parks are starting to open up.

Things to Keep in Mind

The scenic lakes, enchanting vistas and favorite camping spots that energize us are becoming more accessible with each passing day.

Your national park experience may be a little different than what you’re used to: certain areas of the park may be off-limits, restrooms, visitors centers or other buildings could be closed and parking may restricted to designated spots. Access and amenities will vary by park.

Staying Home? There’s Still Lots to See

If you can’t make it to a park this summer, the National Park Foundation website has some great virtual tours available. You can enjoy spectacular views of the cherry blossoms along The National Mall and Memorial Parks, take in a 360 virtual tour of Oregon’s Crater Lakes State Park, or even watch Old Faithful erupt from the comfort of your laptop or smartphone.

Stay Hydrated—Indoors and Out

Check out the National Park Service website for details about which parks are open near you, and closely follow all park rules and recommendations. And if you go, be sure and take your handy Sport Berkey® Bottle or portable Berkey® System along.