Field Station

Adobe buildings with metal roofs and small windows, behind several solar panels, nestled below colorful red and white cliffs with a cloudy sky above.
The field station, managed through a partnership with Utah Valley University, is nestled below the colorful cliffs surrounding Pleasant Creek.

UVU/ Joe Ceradini


Capitol Reef Field Station is operated as a partnership between Capitol Reef National Park and Utah Valley University to promote and support engaged learning, environmental ethics, and research and creative work through the exploration of the Colorado Plateau. It provides students, faculty, and other visitors the opportunity to connect to the landscape and develop an appreciation for the natural and cultural legacies of Capitol Reef and the Colorado Plateau.

Engaged Learning

From philosophy to plant ecology, a diversity of disciplines find innovative and exciting ways to have engaged-learning experiences at Capitol Reef Field Station. Visitors are able to immerse themselves in educational experiences that are enriched by the natural world that surrounds them.

Environmental Ethics

Capitol Reef Field Station is a model of off-grid, sustainable design that allows visitors to connect with the natural resources they rely on every day, such as water and electricity. This helps to increase awareness of resource use and foster a community of resource conservation.

Research and Creative Work

Capitol Reef Field Station supports and conducts research and creative work that improves our understanding and appreciation of the Colorado Plateau, such as a citizen science BioBlitz focused on collecting data on species diversity and music performances by students.

Outreach and Service

Visitors to the Capitol Reef Field Station can give back to the national park and the Colorado Plateau by participating in service projects such as graffiti removal, invasive plant removal, native seed collection, and assisting with research projects. The field station also conducts public events like star parties under incredible dark skies.

For more information, please contact Capitol Reef Field Station by email ( or visit the Utah Valley University Field Station page.

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Last updated: January 30, 2021

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HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775


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