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November 20, 2013
Winter Hours of Operation
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center operating hours will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily starting Sunday December 1, 2013. Enjoy the 18-minute park movie “Watermark”, exhibits and bookstore.

August 01, 2013
Southern Paiute children’s book release, signing, and special presentation on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Capitol Reef
Please join Capitol Reef National Park on Saturday, August 10, 2013 for special events to celebrate the release of a new children's book Why the Moon Paints Her Face Black.

July 09, 2013
2013 Fruit Harvest
Fruit season is upon us. Cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, apples, and pears are typically available for harvest each summer at Capitol Reef National Park.

May 23, 2013
Resurfacing Project on Highway 24
The Utah Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin a project to resurface the roadway on Highway 24 starting Tuesday May 28, 2013 and continue through Thursday May 30, 2013.

May 20, 2013
Leah McGinnis Named New Superintendent of Capitol Reef National Park
Leah McGinnis named new superintendent at Capitol Reef National Park.

May 01, 2013
2013 Summer Hours
2013 Summer Hours

April 01, 2013
Rockfall Closes Hickman Bridge Trailhead
Rockfall Closes Hickman Bridge Trailhead

February 26, 2013
2013 Spring Hours of Operation
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.

November 02, 2012
National Park Service Will Waive Entrance Fees
The National Park Service will offer two fee-free weekends this winter to encourage Americans to visit these national treasures. There are 398 national park units located across the country in 49 states, and most Americans live less than a day's drive from a park.

October 15, 2012
Winter Hours 2012-2013
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center operating hours will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily starting Sunday November 4, 2012.

October 01, 2012
Celebrate National Earth Science Week
Join Capitol Reef as we motivate geoscientists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the Earth for Earth Science Week 2012!

September 25, 2012
2012 Autumn Hours of Operation
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center operating hours will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily starting Monday October 1, 2012.

August 13, 2012
Hale and Elberta Peach Harvest
Hale and Elberta peaches will be available for harvest at Capitol Reef National Park's historic orchards

July 23, 2012
Summer Apple and Peach Harvest
Summer apple and peach harvests begin July 31st.

July 09, 2012
75th Anniversary Celebration August 2-4, 2012
75th Anniversary Celebration

July 09, 2012
Plum, Pear, and Apple Harvest
Fruit Harvest

June 20, 2012
Apricot Harvest
The apricot harvest is beginning at Capitol Reef National Park’s historic orchards.

April 03, 2012
2012 Summer Hours of Operation
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.

April 03, 2012
Fremont River Waterfall Area in Capitol Reef National Park Closes for the 2012 Summer Season
Following three near-fatal incidents that occurred during the 2011 summer season, the National Park Service is temporarily closing the Fremont River waterfall area to public use during the warm weather months of 2012.

April 03, 2012
Easter Celebration 2012
Join Capitol Reef Natural History Association in celebrating Easter on Saturday April 7, 2012.

March 13, 2012
2012 Spring Hours
Enjoy springtime at Capitol Reef National Park!

October 19, 2011
Winter Hours 2011-2012
Enjoy Capitol Reef in the wonderful winter season.

October 12, 2011
Earth Science Celebration on Saturday October 15, 2011
Celebrate Earth Science Week at Capitol Reef on Saturday October 15, 2011.

August 22, 2011
The Koosharem Band of Paiutes Reconnect Ancestral Ties to Capitol Reef National Park
On August 6th and 7th, in an inaugural weekend field trip, members of the Koosharem Band of Paiutes, headquartered in Richfield, Utah, visited Capitol Reef National Park. For some, it was their first visit to this land for which they have strong ancestral ties.

February 01, 2011
Scenic Drive Repair Project to Begin at Capitol Reef National Park
No abstract supplied.

June 03, 2010
Summer Schedule at Capitol Reef's Visitor Center
Capitol Reef National Park’s Visitor Center commenced summer hours. The Visitor Center will open daily at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

April 12, 2010
National Park Week and National Junior Ranger Day
Capitol Reef National Park will join national parks throughout the country in celebrating National Park Week, from April 17 through April 25, 2010.

February 18, 2010
Capitol Reef National Park Accepting Comments on a Proposal to Rehabilitate and Resurface the Scenic Drive
No abstract supplied.

June 04, 2009
Fee Free Weekends
Capitol Reef National Park Will Waive Entrance Fees On Three Summer Weekends

March 27, 2008
Historic Gifford House Celebrates 100 Years
On May 17th, the Capitol Reef Natural History Association, will hold a Centennial Celebration to recognize the significance of early pioneer history to the region.

September 04, 2007
Fall Fruit opens for Harvest
Capitol Reef National Park’s Jackson Orchard is currently open for apple harvest. Apple and pear harvest from the Cook and Holt Orchards, will begin on Wednesday, September 5.

June 27, 2007
Capitol Reef National Park Apricot Crop Ready For Harvest
The annual apricot crop harvest at Capitol Reef National Park’s historic orchards will open on Wednesday, June 27th.

April 17, 2007
National Junior Ranger Day
Capitol Reef National Park will join hundreds of parks throughout the United States in celebrating National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 28, 2007.

April 10, 2007
Wayne Middle School students complete service project in Fruita Orchards
Students from Wayne Middle School participated in a four-hour service project clearing the Historic Fruita Orchards of pruning debris last week.

April 05, 2007
Teachers Archeology Workshop
Intrigue of the Past, a workshop to assist in teaching archeology and conservation, will be held at Capitol Reef National Park on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, 2007.

November 14, 2006
Winter Hours
Fall has arrived at Capitol Reef National Park bringing cooler temperatures, fall colors, and shorter hours at the Visitor Center.

September 25, 2006
2006 Fall Visitor Center Hours
Fall has arrived at Capitol Reef National Park bringing cooler temperatures, fall colors, and shorter hours at the Visitor Center.

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.