• Strike Valley and the Waterpocket Fold

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

2012 Summer Hours of Operation

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Date: April 3, 2012
Contact: Visitor Center, 435-425-3791

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James

The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center summer operating hours will be 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily starting Sunday May 6, 2012. Enjoy the exhibits, park movie and the Capitol Reef Natural History Association Bookstore. Spring hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm are generally March & April.

Free ranger programs are available during the summer season May through September. Starting Sunday May 6, join us for a daily 10:00 am geology talk at the visitor center and a daily 3:00 pm petroglyph talk at the Petroglyph Panel located 1 mile (1.6 km) east of the Visitor Center along Highway 24. Starting Friday May 11, evening programs will be offered nightly in the amphitheater located next to the Fruita Campground; hours and topics will vary. Check for detailed information at the visitor center and at campground bulletin boards.

The historic Gifford House, located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the Visitor Center on the Scenic Drive, is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Fresh baked pies, breads and pastries are available for purchase each day.

Enjoy summer at Capitol Reef National Park!

Did You Know?


Petroglyphs were inscribed into rock walls by ancestral Puebloan people and Fremont. Found throughout the park, the most accessible petroglyph panel is 1.1 miles (1.8 km) east of the visitor center on Utah State Highway 24. More...