Coronavirus Updates and Resources: Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners

Mar 13, 2020

KSJD is gathering updated information for you on the new coronavirus. This page will be regularly updated with headlines, resources, and announcements related to closures and changes at community events and spaces. 

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KSJD will primarily follow cases in Montezuma and Dolores counties. Links to neighboring health departments that are reporting cases can be found under our "Coronavirus Information" section.

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Updated at 9:44 a.m., April 6.

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Montezuma and Dolores Counties, Colorado

  • Mesa Verde National Park has closed to all park visitors until further notice. A press release from the park's public information officer said the decision was made in accordance with health guidelines. Refunds will be made automatically for Cliff Palace tours, and ticket holders are encouraged to check their refund status at
  • Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments are both closed until further notice. Their closures were announced shortly after Arches and Canyonlands national parks closed Saturday.
  • The Bridge has suspended its day labor program until further notice. A statement from The Bridge's executive director says it's "common sense not to send people to other people's homes" at this time.
  • The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce is updating a directory of how local businesses are adjusting services. Most restaurants are still operating and offering take-out and delivery, per the governor's order.
  • All public and private Colorado schools have been ordered closed through at least April 30. The Montezuma-Cortez School District and the Dolores School District have dedicated update pages on their websites.
  • The Cortez Recreation Center is closed until further notice. The city* will revisit the closure on a weekly basis.
  • The Cortez Public Library* is closed until further notice. The city* will revisit the closure on a weekly basis.
  • The Dolores Public Library has canceled all programs and closed its public meeting room through April 12.
  • The Mancos Public Library has canceled all programs and closed its public meeting rooms until further notice.
  • The Four States Ag Expo has been postponed to Sept. 25-27. The event draws thousands of visitors to Montezuma County each year and was originally scheduled for next weekend. A statement posted on the expo’s Facebook page says the delay is due to concern of coronavirus spread among attendees.

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

  • The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has issued a stay-at-home advisory to discourage unessential errands and travel, especially to areas with increasing COVID-19 cases like Navajo Nation and La Plata County.
  • A curfew is also in effect each night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

San Juan County, New Mexico

San Juan County, Utah

Navajo Nation

  • Navajo Nation has a curfew in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day until further notice. Exceptions are made for essential works and emergency situations.
  • President Jonathan Nez has ordered all Navajo Tribal Parks to close until further notice. This includes Monument Valley and Four Corners tribal parks.

*Note: The City of Cortez, the Cortez Public Library and Southwest Health System are underwriters of KSJD.