The Nationwide Park Service has adjusted entry and companies for guests at three places on the Navajo Nation in Arizona.

The Southern 4 Corners Group acknowledged in a press launch that they’ve modified operations at Canyon de Chelly Nationwide Monument in Chinle, Hubbell Buying and selling Submit Nationwide Historic Web site in Ganado and Navajo Nationwide Monument close to Kayenta.

Regardless of decreases in new instances of COVID-19 for the tribe, the newest order by the well being division strengthened the closure of tribal roads to guests and vacationers and continued the closure of parks, recreation websites and factors of curiosity operated by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Division.

Websites operated by the tribe embody the 4 Corners Monument, Monument Valley Tribal Park and Lake Powell Navajo Park.

“The nation’s roads stay closed to guests and vacationers in the course of the declared public well being emergency, and guests and vacationers are required to chorus from touring to the Navajo Nation at the moment,” the Aug. 16 order states.

SCENIC DRIVE:  Hopi mesas to Canyon de Chelly

Restricted reopenings

The Canyon de Chelly Nationwide Monument is certainly one of Arizona’s lesser-visited gems. (Picture: Arizona Workplace of Tourism)

At Canyon de Chelly, the overlooks on the north and south rims have reopened along with restrooms at the welcome center. The picnic area at the visitor center is open but with a limit of 10 people.

The welcome center, backcountry trails and the White House overlook remain closed.

The group continues to work with the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department regarding the Cottonwood Campground, canyon tours and backcountry permits.

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The outdoor grounds and restrooms at the visitor center are now open at Hubbell Trading Post. Remaining closed are the trading post, visitor center and Hubbell Home.

Open at Navajo National Monument are the self-guided trails, picnic area and restrooms at the visitor center. Still closed are the visitor center, campgrounds and backcountry trails.

The Betatakin ruins are seen at the Navajo National Monument west of Kayenta. (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

The Southern Four Corners Group manages the three sites under the National Park Service and suspended services in March to comply with the public health emergency order the Navajo Department of Health issued because of the novel coronavirus.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at [email protected].

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