• Strike Valley

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

Fees & Reservations

All Federal Recreation Lands Passes are available and accepted at Capitol Reef. Click here to learn more.

Fee Free Weekends

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service will offer the following fee-free* dates this year to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit these national treasures. There are 401 national park units located across the country in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 5 territories. "During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable vacations for families," Salazar said at a press conference at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "I encourage everyone to visit one of our nation's crown jewels this summer and especially to take advantage of the three free-admission weekends. National Parks also serve as powerful economic engines for local communities and we hope that promoting visitation will give a small shot in the arm to businesses in the area," he said. National Park Service sites across the country that charge fees for entry will waive these entrance fees.

Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2014:

January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
February 15-17 (President's Day Weekend)
April 19-20 (Opening weekend of National Park Week)
August 25 (National Park Service birthday)
September 27 (National Public Lands Day)
November 11 (Veterans Day)

A list of participating parks can be found here.

Many park partners including tour operators, hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and other vendors will offer additional discounts and special promotions on those dates. More information on the fees and discounts can be found here. Most Americans live less than a day's drive from a park, the Secretary noted. Nationwide, parks last year attracted more than 275 million recreation visits. Spending by non-local visitor provided $10.6 billion for local economies, supporting more than 213,000 jobs, not counting National Park Service jobs. The National Park Service website provides information to help the public plan their park adventures at www.nps.gov.


The following Entrance Fees are charged for traveling the park's Scenic Drive beyond the Fruita Campground.

Individuals: $3.00 (Good for 7 days)

This fee applies to bicycles and pedestrians (per person).

Vehicles: $5.00 (Good for 7 days)

This fee applies to private vehicles, including motorcycles.

Commercial Tours: This fee is based on the seating capacity of the vehicle.

Vehicles with a seating capacity of 26 seats or greater: $100.00

Vehicles with a seating capacity of 7 - 25 seats: $40.00

Vehicles with a seating capacity of 1 - 6 seats: $30.00

Entrance Fee Waivers: Fee waivers are available for groups traveling the Scenic Drive for educational purposes. Fee waiver requests must be submitted two weeks prior to your visit. Qualifications for fee waivers can be found on the Fee Waiver Application. If you have any questions, please contact the Fee Office during normal business hours at (435) 425-3791.


Sites at the Fruita Campground are $10 per night. Senior and Access pass holders receive a 50% discount on their campsite.

All sites at the Fruita Campground are first come, first serve, with the exception of the Group Campsite. More information on camping can be found here.


A backcountry permit is required for backpacking in Capitol Reef National Park. The permit is free and can be obtained at the visitor center during normal business hours.

Did You Know?

Don’t let this happen to you!  Check area forecasts! Vehicle being inspected by park rangers following a flash flood

Less than 0.25 inches (0.6 cm) of rain can produce flash floods. Flash floods are caused by run-off from intense, localized thunderstorms that drop a large amount of rain over a short period of time. They are most common in Capitol Reef in July, August and September, but can occur at any time of the year.