• Strike Valley

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

For Kids


Capitol Reef for Kids!

  • Become a Junior Ranger
  • Get your feet wet watching waterbugs
  • Hike a trail
  • Eat a fruit pie at the Gifford House
Junior Ranger Logo


Junior Ranger Program

Open to children of all ages. Free Junior Ranger booklet available at the visitor center and Ripple Rock Nature Center. Complete required activities to receive a signed certificate and a free badge. Junior Ranger patches available for purchase!

Junior Geologist Patch


Junior Geologist Program

Free program is offered Memorial Day to Labor Day, check the visitor center for specific dates and times. Discover geology, the formation of the Waterpocket Fold, colorful rock layers, and the effects of erosion. Complete the activities to earn a certificate and patch.

Family Fun Pack


Family Fun Pack

Fun for the whole family! This backpack, full of activities, games and materials, is loaned out for Free at the visitor center or the Ripple Rock Nature Center. What's inside?

  • pioneer games
  • tools to read a contour map
  • tools to identify night constellations
  • tools to improve your bird-watching skills
Ripple Rock Nature Center


Ripple Rock Nature Center

Located on the Scenic Drive, just south of the visitor center. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, check the visitor center for specific dates and times. Special programs offered in summer. At the Nature Center, kids can:

  • spin wool
  • pretend to milk a cow
  • make cornmeal on a prehistoric grinding stone
  • identify fossils
  • play with animal puppets

Did You Know?

Two cars passing in Capitol Gorge, Circa 1939

Metal bars supporting telephone lines were installed in Capitol Gorge in 1911 providing telephone service to the ranching community east of Capitol Reef National Park. State Highway 24 was an unpaved road through Capitol Gorge until 1962, when it was re-routed along the Fremont River and paved.