Capitol Reef National Park has an arid climate with precipitation averaging just 7.8 inches (20.3 cm) annually at the park Visitor Center weather station. For current weather conditions, refer to the recorded message on our automated phone system at (435) 425-3791.
A current forecast provided by the National Weather Service is available here.
The chart below is based on temperature and precipitation records from 1986 through 2010 and may provide someone planning a visit with an idea of what can be expected from the weather:
Except for July and August, daily high temperatures usually range about 10° F on either side of the average monthly high temperature shown. July and August highs range about 5° F on either side of the average monthly high shown.
Low temperatures usually range about 10° F on either side of the average low temperatures shown for the months January through April and November through December. Low temperatures for May through October will range about 5° F on either side of the average monthly low shown.
Did You Know?
Desert bighorn sheep, once common in the Capitol Reef area, were reintroduced in 1996 and 1997, and have since thrived here. Visitors have reported seeing them in Capitol Gorge, Grand Wash, and along the Fremont River corridor.