Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center had to close its doors in response to vast crowds this May, as it made it difficult to keep with current social distancing regulations. Starting June 6, appointment-only entry will begin, letting in groups of 85 at a time throughout the day.

The appointment system will have three time slots — at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — allowing registered guests access within three hours of those times.

Each slot will allow 85 guests, meaning a total of 255 people will be allowed on the Eaton Canyon trail, per day.

Appointments can only be made online the day before, and there will be no same-day registration available.

Visitors must have with them the reservation, either through mobile or print-out, along with a photo ID.

At this point, only hiking, walking and running is allowed on the canyon, while picnics and any other “passive recreation” will not be permitted.

COVID-19 regulations, such as social distancing, the use of face covers and a limit of 10 minutes per “destination spot” will be enforced.

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