• Strike Valley and the Waterpocket Fold

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

Operating Hours & Seasons

Visitor Center with the Castle in the background
Capitol Reef National Park visitor center
NPS Photo

Operating Hours & Seasons
The park and campgrounds are open year round.

The visitor center is open daily (except for some major holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours in the summer.

Ripple Rock Nature Center is open on limited days from Memorial Day through Labor Day, check the visitor center for details.

The Gifford House Store and Museum opens for the season on March 14 (Pi Day) to October 31 (closing date can change) and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with extended hours in the summer.

Current hours of seasonal operations.

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...