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Responsibly Reopening New Hampshire’s Outdoors

May 21, 2020

New Hampshire is a destination known worldwide for its iconic New England beauty and people flock to our natural spaces so they can experience the splendors of the Granite State’s mountains and lakes. 

As New Hampshire continues to ease the restrictions around outdoor recreation, it’s important we all do our part to reopen responsibly. We’ve gathered together a shortlist of pro-tips for how to get outside and reconnect with nature safely while respecting our local attractions and the people that live and work in these communities.

Maintain Social Distancing

Guidelines around social distancing are still in effect, so maintain a healthy, six-foot distance whenever possible. Give a polite wave from afar to those you encounter and make extra space at places like trailheads, bathrooms, scenic vistas, or equipment rental locations. The more we work together to keep everyone safe and healthy, the faster we can open additional activities and attractions.

Double Check Openings & Special Instructions

All interior State parks are now open to NH state residents, with the exception of those located along the seacoast. Other attractions and recreational businesses throughout the state are working hard to re-open, with some opening this weekend and others looking at opening dates later in May or June. Before you head out the door, take a moment to double-check that your intended destination has re-opened and look for any special instructions for your visit. Visit the Ski NH COVID-19 Consumer Resource Center for more information on NH state guidelines and a listing of open Ski NH member attractions.

Enjoy Sustainably

Our beautiful, one-of-a-kind outdoor spaces stay that way because our visitors and locals take extra care while they explore. Help keep our outdoor spaces majestic by packing in your own snacks or water and dispose of trash or recycling in the appropriate containers or carry it out with you when you leave. Being respectful of designated trails and wildlife habitats will ensure our region’s natural splendor will be around for generations to come. Keep in mind that you may not be able to use public water fountains to be sure to bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated during your adventure. 

Spread Out Visits

Many people will be eager to cure their cabin fever, but it’s important that we don’t overcrowd or overwhelm our natural spaces and, with attractions opening with reduced operations, you most likely need to book advanced reservations for your visit to any of the state’s attractions. When possible, try to plan for weekday excursions at times when our parks and attractions are likely to be less crowded. Early-morning (as attractions open) and mid-afternoon (between 2 and 4 p.m.) are likely to be good options, though timing at every location will differ.

 

If you’re ready to get back outside and explore, we’ve got you covered. Click here for an ever-growing list of ski areas that are reopening and ready to help you unwind.

 

 

Check out what's open in New Hampshire's Mountain & Lake Communities 

 

White Mountain Attractions AssociationMemorial Day Weekend in the White Mountains

Mount Washington Valley Chamber of CommerceUpdates From Local Businesses and Non-ProfitsLocal Restaurants Serving Take-Out and Curbside DeliveryList of Essential Businesses

Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce - For a listing of restaurants, attractions, lodging and general services click here

Lakes Region Tourism Association 

Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce

Franconia Notch Chamber of Commerce

Twin Mountain - Bretton Woods Chamber of Commerce

 

 


Written By
Shannon Dunfey-Ball, Ski New Hampshire

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