• Strike Valley and the Waterpocket Fold

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

2012 Spring Hours

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Date: March 13, 2012
Contact: Lori Rome, 435 425-3791

Spring is in the air. Marmots have awakened from hibernation. Orchard trees are beginning to bud, and warm temperatures, and visitors, are returning to the park. To welcome the increasing activity, park facility operating hours will be expanding.

The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily starting Sunday April 1, 2012. Enjoy the exhibits, park movie and the Capitol Reef Natural History Association bookstore. Winter hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm are generally from October to March each year. 

The historic Gifford House, located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the Visitor Center on Scenic Drive, will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily staring Wednesday March 14, 2012. Fresh baked pies, breads and pastries will be available for purchase each day. Yum! 

Celebrate Easter at Capitol Reef. Kids up to 9 years of age are welcome to participate in the annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday April 7 at the picnic area located .75 miles (1.2 km) south of the Visitor Center starting 9:00 am. Pioneer craft demonstrations will be offered at the historic Gifford House from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Ripple Rock Nature Center will be open 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm April 6, 7 and 8 with kid friendly exhibits and fun activities.

Enjoy springtime at Capitol Reef National Park!

Did You Know?

Rabbit Valley Gilia in a crack in rocks at Capitol Reef

The geology of the Waterpocket Fold created conditions which allowed unique plant species to evolve here. A total of 887 plant species occur in the park many of which have very restricted distributions, occuring on specific geologic formations, soils, slopes, or elevation or precipitation ranges.