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Grand Canyon National Park East Entrance To Reopen

The east entrance to Grand Canyon National Park has been closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but it will reopen Thursday, April 8.

When the Navajo Nation was hit by the coronavirus, it imposed limits on travel and visitation.

The U.S. Park Service helped limit traffic by closing the east entrance to the Canyon temporarily.

That entrance, on state Highway 64, allows travelers to cross part of the reservation and visit overlooks such as Desert View.

Although the road has reopened, masks are still mandatory on the reservation, and local roads will remain closed to nonresidents.

There will be no services at Desert View until further notice.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.