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Most Arizona parks and trails remain open, but for how long?

Arizona parks and recreation services are faced with the decision of whether to keep them open or close down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So far, most have kept hiking trails open, although some services are curtailed.

Grand Canyon lodging, food services shuttered in face of coronavirus

Grand Canyon National Park is still open, but the same cannot be said for lodging and food services in the park, which will be shuttered for the next two months by concerns over coronavirus. Operations will be suspended from noon Friday through at least May 21.

Conservation Groups To UNESCO: Border Wall Puts Sonora’s World Heritage Sites ‘In Danger’

Just south of the Arizona border, Sonora’s stunning 2,700 square-mile El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve is a vast desert landscape dotted with enormous craters, sand dunes and lava flows. In 2013, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its outstanding biodiversity, including endemic species like the Sonoran Pronghorn.