The timeless view of Nevada Fall and Liberty Cap from the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park in August 2012.
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National Park Hours: Are the National Parks open on Thanksgiving?
One of the best things to do on Thanksgiving is enjoy the outdoors with your family (unless it’s ice cold then please stay indoors!) So your local National Park might make a great place for Thursday.
But not every National Park will be open, so here’s where to look for all the day-of information you might need.
Here’s a full list of National Parks
A list of all the National Parks that are closed on Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Gates of the Arctic
Gettysburg National Military Park
Great Sand Dunes
Great Smoky Mountains
Organ Pipe Cactus
A list of all the National Parks that are open on Thanksgiving
You’ll need to check your specific National Park but here are a few we know will be open because they are hosting Thanksgiving activities.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – North Carolina
Yosemite National Park – California
Sorrel River Ranch at Arches National Park – Utah
Nicky’s Restaurant at Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado
Skyland at Shenandoah National Park – Virginia
So, yes, some of the National Parks are open on Thanksgiving. Have fun!