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.
By Joshua Gerard Gargiulo |
Monday, March 23, 2020
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.
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.
Long Beach, which sits between the two largest seaports in the country, has good air quality just 10% of the year. The stretch of Interstate 710 that runs through Long Beach has been dubbed “Asthma Alley.”