National Park Closures Due to COVID-19

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When I first started this article, it was with the intent that I share information with my readers on how best to travel the country while staying at places or sites that were free of charge. Because of the COVID-19 virus, I have decided to focus on other elements that pertain to travelling right now if you are a full-time RVer. You can read my initial post on COVID-19 and RVing as well if you’d like.


To date, theses national parks have suspended usage to those with or without an RV, although some are still allowing dispersed camping. I’ve linked to the official notices for each one so you can read more if you’re interested.

I’m working on researching all of the individual states that are limiting stays at their campgrounds or state parks with dispersed camping, but those sights are quickly being prohibited from usage from full-time RVers. California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Michigan and northwestern states such as Oregon are changing their mandates for campground usage almost daily.

Other smaller campgrounds are changing their requirements daily to address these problems too. Many private campgrounds throughout the United States and Canada are allowing those travelling through in RVs to park or take shelter for limited or no cost. I would highly recommend that any person or family traveling right now to research online and plan a route based on fuel and accommodations…especially if you are seasonal travelers between your winter and summer homes. Consider this…take a scenic route. Stop at small stores and businesses along the way and call ahead if you’ve booked campsites or places to stay. I would also recommend staying at some of those sights along the way for 3-5 days at each place. Limit your exposure to other campers and enjoy where you’re at.

Right now, if you’re a snowbird, be sure to voluntarily isolate yourself from the children and grandkids for at least 15 days when you do arrive home. It’s what you need to do for your health and your family.

As always, my friends, thanks so much for following along with me during our travels. We will get through this and our country and world will be better off for it. The best journey is the one before you, and I will try to post updates in the next few days as to where you can and can’t stay while on the road during this crisis. Thank you again and safe travels to all my friends.

By Brian

Born and raised in Michigan, contributing writer Brian C. Noell is a retired hospitality industry professional that now works remotely as a visual artist, writer and photographer as he travels around the United States in an RV with his dog Lizzy, an eighty pound Appenzeller hound dog.