• 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?

Junior Geologist with Dutton Sketch

Geologist G.K. Gilbert, a member of John Wesley Powell's scientific team, surveyed the Capitol Reef area in 1875. Gilbert mapped a fault line adjacent to Chimney Rock along Utah Highway 24, and a copy of his field sketch is incorporated into the park’s Junior Geologist program. More...