Make your fun adventure a safe one too!
No one plans on getting hurt while out exploring in a national park. However, nature is unpredictable, structures are historical, and your equipment can unexpectedly fail. Planning ahead can be the key to a fun and safe adventure. Remember, safety starts with you!
Use the NPS Trip Planning Guide and Checklist to help plan your trip. The guide provides key safety considerations to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when visiting national parks. The guide is divided into the four phases of your trip. Additional articles are there to help you with selecting the Ten Essentials, preparing your Trip Plan, and Emergency Planning. Don't miss out on these important tips to help prepare you for an emergency!
Parks are implementing a phased approach to increase access and services to visitors. It is very important that you check the park’s website before you head out. Find out:
- What areas of the parks are accessible
- Which activities are available
- Which facilities (e.g. bathrooms, visitor center, parking lots) are open
Last updated: May 21, 2020