Governor Abbott closes state parks and historic sites

Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) to close all state parks and historic sites as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen social distancing practices and prevent gatherings of large groups of people.

"Social distancing is our best tool to curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The temporary closure of our state parks and historic sites will help us achieve this goal by preventing the gathering of large groups of people.

"I urge all Texans to continue to stay at home except for essential services as we respond to COVID-19. By following these social distance practices, we will overcome this challenge together," Abbott said.

Historic sites and state parks will close to the public starting at 5:00 PM this evening and will reopen at the direction of the Governor.

"At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7 in order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff.

"We will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations and will announce when a definite reopening date has been determined," Palo Duro Canyon officials posted on Facebook.