JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 5, 2020 – Out of an abundance of caution and to protect participants amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns, Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation have cancelled the 2020 Katy Trail Ride scheduled to begin Monday, June 22.
The five-day, 240-mile annual ride, which takes travelers through many of Missouri's rural communities, along open fields and between the Missouri River and its bordering bluffs, draws approximately 350 bicyclists from across the nation and overseas. The decision to cancel this annual event was made based on a variety of factors but the most important consideration is the safety of participants, staff and volunteers. Many of the communities and facilities utilized for the event are not able to accommodate the current social distancing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The Department of Natural Resources and Missouri State Parks team is closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and its effects in Missouri. While safety, outdoor recreation and service to our visitors are all very important to us, the safety of our guests and team members is our top priority.
For the latest actions by Missouri State Parks in response to COVID-19, visit mostateparks.com/response. Missourians are encouraged to review COVID-19 information provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.