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.

Visitor picking fruit in an orchard open for picking


Historic orchards contain about 2,000 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond, and walnut.

Reddish brown river flowing between green banks, with cliffs, a stormy sky, and rainbow.


Capitol Reef experiences all four seasons. Check the weather forecast before you visit.

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 Capitol Reef

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

Tree with green leaves, light greenish red pears in front of a log building with rocky slopes behind

Explore Fruita

Whether you have half a day or more, spend your time exploring the Fruita area by car or on foot.

Blue sky, large white slopes, with red triangular shaped rocks below, green grass in the foreground

Waterpocket District

Experience the less-visited, southern part of Capitol Reef, where the dramatic angle of the Waterpocket Fold is on display.

Night skies in Capitol Reef National Park

International Dark Sky Park

Discover Capitol Reef's dark night skies.

Large red, triangular monolith, reflected in a puddle, with blue sky above, and red rock to the side

Cathedral Valley District

The remote and rugged northern part of Capitol Reef offers adventurous visitors solitude and spectacular views.

Creek in canyon with cliffs, yellow cottonwood trees, and blue sky.

Nature & Science

Discover the natural resources protected within Capitol Reef National 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.

Black and white long-haired dog with a woman walking it and another dog on a leash.


Discover where you can go with your pet.

Last updated: July 9, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775


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