Discover the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic wrinkle on earth!

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

A hiker standing under Hickman Natural Bridge


Learn about the geologic processes that created the Waterpocket Fold.

Hikers looking at the rock walls on the Capitol Gorge trail

Hiking and Backpacking

Capitol Reef is a hiker's dream. Learn more about the trails and routes.

Park staff removing graffiti with water and brushes

Leave No Trace

Help protect the park.

RVs, tents, cars, and vans in a green, shaded campground, with some fall colors.


With one developed campground, two primitive campgrounds, and vast backcountry options, there are many places to stay the night in the park.

Pendelton Barn and Gifford House below Fruita's Wingate Sandstone Cliffs


Capitol Reef's rich cultural history dates to archaic hunter-gatherers, the prehistoric Fremont Culture, and pioneer homesteaders.

Night skies in Capitol Reef National Park

International Dark Sky Park

Discover Capitol Reef's dark night skies.

Artist painting scenery at the 2016 Arts and the Park: Light on the Reef event


Applications will be accepted October 1-31, 2019 for the 2020 Artist-in-Residence Program.

A ranger presenting programs to visitors at Capitol Reef National Park.

Ranger Programs

Join a ranger to find out more about the wonders of Capitol Reef National Park.

Last updated: October 19, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775



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