“This is the most beautiful place on Earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.” - Edward Abbey

Wooden boardwalk facing a reddish rock wall, with a circle showing where the images ares.

Petroglyph Panel

Visit Fremont Culture petroglyphs and imagine what it was like to live here about 1000 years ago.

Black and white photo of canyon with orchards, cliffs, and a river.

Historic Fruita

Explore the history of Fruita, established in the 1880s by Latter-Day-Saint pioneers.

Small log cabin-like building with windows and a door, below red rock cliffs and blue sky.

Fruita Schoolhouse

What was it like to attend a one-room school? Discover the stories of teachers and students in Fruita.

Black and white photo of a man standing on the porch of a house.

Gifford Homestead

Many people have called the Gifford House home. Learn about these earlier pioneers.

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.

Blacktop road through red cliffs, with trees and blue skies.

Scenic Drive

The Scenic Drive offers impressive views and takes about an hour and a half round trip to complete.

Gravel switchbacks and car in dramatically uplifted landscape.

Loop the Fold

Looping the Fold, along the Notom-Bullfrog Road and Burr Trail, offers spectacular views of Capitol Reef's geology.

White SUV on gravel road, with red cliffs and blue skies and clouds in the background.

Cathedral Valley

Cathedral Valley roads require high clearance vehicles and about a day to explore fully.

Last updated: December 20, 2019

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HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775



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