Tourists Enter Reopened Grand Canyon Despite Virus Concerns

May 15, 2020

Tourists are once again roaming portions of Grand Canyon National Park after some areas reopened Friday, despite concerns that it could hurt efforts to control the coronavirus.

Recent Baylor University graduate Cady Malachowski takes a photo with Andrew Fink at the Grand Canyon Friday, May 15, 2020, in Grand Canyon, Ariz. Tourists are once again roaming portions of Grand Canyon National Park when it partially reopened Friday morning, despite objections that the action could exacerbate the coronavirus pandemic.
Credit AP Photo/Matt York

During the early morning, more than two dozen people were enjoying some viewpoints along the South Rim. Park officials said the South Rim entrance will only be open until 10 a.m. through Monday. Visitors will have limited access to viewpoints and other sites.  Officials on the hard-hit Navajo Nation, which stretches into northern Arizona, expressed disappointment at the reopening. There have been at least 3,632 positive cases and 127 deaths on the reservation, which also includes portions of New Mexico and Utah.