(Farmington) Missouri State Parks is extending temporary closures of campgrounds, park-run lodging, offices and visitor centers and extending the suspension of special events and programming through May 3rd.

This suspension includes Missouri State Parks special events, including both on and off-site programming, third party events, group reservations and guided tours. Missouri State Park visitor centers, offices, campgrounds and lodging will remain closed through May 3rd.

Most state parks and state historic sites in the area will remain open for day-use, with the exception of one park in order to address overcrowding and concerns for public safety.

That park is Elephant Rocks State Park in Iron County.

Also, St. Joe State Park near Park Hills continues to have a temporary closure of the off-road vehicle riding area.

Gates to individual parking lots may close at all state parks when their lots become near capacity.