Things To Do
From May to September, the park offers several ranger programs at no charge. These include talks, evening programs at the campground amphitheater and occassional astronomy programs, check the visitor center for details. Click here for a schedule of typical summer programs.
Hey kids! Learn about the park and earn a badge. Kids of all ages can participate in the park's Junior Ranger program. Booklets are available at the visitor center.
The Fruita Schoolhouse is a restored and refurbished historic structure located on Utah Highway 24, 0.8 miles (1.3 km) east of the visitor center.
The Merin-Smith Implement Shed, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south on the Scenic Drive, offers a recorded message about life in a Mormon pioneer community.
The Historic Gifford Homestead, 1 mile (1.6 km) south on the Scenic Drive, is typical of rural Utah farm-houses of the early 1900s and is open during the summer season. Handmade sales items are available including daily fresh baked pie!
A picnic area near the visitor center provides tables, fire grills, restrooms, drinking water and shade trees.
Bicycles are restricted to maintained roads open to vehicular traffic. A handout available at the visitor center identifies and describes recommended routes.
Fishing is permitted in the Fremont River with a valid Utah fishing license.
Our Trip Planner can help you to prepare for your visit.
Did You Know?
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.