2013 Spring Hours of Operation
Contact: Lori Rome, 435-425-3791
Spring is in the air. Marmots awaken from hibernation. Orchard trees begin 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 Thursday March 14, 2013. Enjoy the exhibits, park movie and the Capitol Reef Natural History Association bookstore. Starting March 14 daily geology talks will be offered at the visitor center at 10:00 a.m. 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 6:00 pm daily staring Thursday 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 March 30 at the picnic area located .75 miles (1.2 km) south of the Visitor Center starting 9:00 am. Ripple Rock Nature Center will be open 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm March 29, 30 & 31 with kid friendly exhibits and fun activities.
Enjoy springtime at Capitol Reef National Park!
Did You Know?
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...