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

Geology

Learn about the geologic processes that created the Waterpocket Fold.

Four rangers standing in a line, one holds a pie with birthday candles

Celebrate!

Celebrating 50 years of Capitol Reef National Park

Two images. Left: pink apple blossoms on a tree branch. Right: Yellow leaves on a tree

Visiting in the Busy Season

Tips for visiting in the busy spring and fall seasons.

A bicyclist on a road next to tall cliffs

Things to Know Before You Come

Helpful tips for planning a trip to Capitol Reef.

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

Weather

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

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

Camping

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

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Park Film

Take a virtual visit and watch the park movie, Watermark, online.

Night skies in Capitol Reef National Park

International Dark Sky Park

Discover Capitol Reef's dark night skies.

Green and blue tent with a light inside set up at night, with dark skies and a full moon above.

Backpacking in Capitol Reef

A free backpacking permit is required before starting your overnight adventure.

Park staff removing graffiti with water and brushes

Leave No Trace

Help protect the park.

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

Pets

Where can you take your pet in Capitol Reef National Park?

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

History

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

Stone steps on a hiking trail.

Your Fee Dollars at Work

Discover how your recreation fee dollars are used for park improvements, such as trail work, signage, and renovations.

Last updated: September 5, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775

Phone:

435-425-3791
Recorded park information available 24 hours a day. Phones are answered when staff is available. If no one answers, please leave a message, your call will be returned. Questions may also be sent to care_information@nps.gov.

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