Learn about Capitol Reef National Park from your classroom!
Planning a field trip to Capitol Reef?
Ranger-led curriculum programs are generally offered from approximately mid-November through the end of February. To request a ranger-led curriculum program, please email us.
Self-guided Field Trip Activities
Download and print off a self-guided packet for your students to complete during your visit to the park: black and white or color printable versions. A suggested self-guided field trip itinerary can be downloaded here.
Bus parking is limited and in high demand due to school group visits and private bus tours. Busses can park at the picnic area as well as along the road between the Ripple Rock Nature Center and the picnic area. Please consider informing the park of your visit with the number of students, busses, and the date. Park staff hope reduce congestion in the park and can inform you if there are potential conflicts. You can limit congestion by carpooling.
The park visitor center has museum exhibits and an 18-minute orientation movie (also available online).
Flush toilets and sinks are located at the visitor center and picnic area. Vault toilets are located at many trailheads. There are no facilities on the trails, so use the restrooms before you hike.
The picnic area, located on the Scenic Drive south of the visitor center, is open to all visitors. Picnic tables, metal grills, a drinking fountain, and shaded grassy areas are available. Please do not feed or approach wildlife, such as marmots and deer.
Be sure to visit the one-room Historic Fruita Schoolhouse, the Behunin Cabin, and the Fremont Culture Petroglyphs, located along Utah Highway 24. The Historic Gifford Homestead, located on the Scenic Drive, is open seasonally. A pioneer Blacksmith Shop exhibit, located on the Scenic Drive near the picnic area, is also open to the public.
Explore the park's geology and natural history by going for a hike! There are many short hiking trails to choose from. Please see the Fruita Area Map and Guide for a list of the trails, distances, and difficulty. This will help you decide which hike may be best for your students. Suggested hikes for all ages are Grand Wash or Capitol Gorge.
Capitol Reef National Park has been set aside by Congress to be preserved for future generations because of its valuable resources. Inform your students that everything in the national park is protected, from rocks to wildflowers to wild animals. Respect wildlife. Stay on designated trails only. Dispose of trash properly. Leave no trace.
Special Resource Concerns
Fourth grade students currently qualify for the free Every Kid Outdoors pass. This pass gets the student and their family into National Parks for free while they are in 4th grade. If you would like to get each student a pass while you visit the park, please visit the Every Kid Outdoors website to print the certificate for each student. Large school groups should contact our fee program office a month in advance to ensure there are enough passes for the day of your visit.
Fee waivers are available for groups traveling the Scenic Drive for educational purposes. Fee waiver requests must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your visit. Qualifications for fee waivers can be found on the Fee Waiver Application. Fill out sections 1, 2, and 5 and email, mail, or fax completed form to Capitol Reef National Park. If you have any questions, please contact the Fee Office during normal business hours at (435) 425-4173 or email the Fee Office.
Map of the Historic Fruita District to aid in planning your visit.
Last updated: August 30, 2023