Laws & Policies

Rules and regulations help you, the visitor, have a safe and enjoyable visit to Capitol Reef National Park.

Federal Policy Related Regulations


Capitol Reef Related Regulations

Superintendent's Compendium

The regulations contained in the Superintendent's Compendium are a supplement to those already codified in 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Chapter 1, and are in addition to other federal and state laws applicable within Capitol Reef National Park.


Firearm Regulations

Federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, was enacted May 22, 2009 and became effective February 22, 2010. Section 512 of this law; Protecting Americans from Violent Crimes, supersedes the uniform treatment of firearm possession in the national park system outside Alaska under the regulations found at 36 CFR 2.4.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. Firearms may not be discharged in this national park or along the scenic drive and should not be used as a wildlife protection strategy.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park (such as visitor centers, government offices, etc.); those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Utah Overview
  • Open Carry Allowed
  • Handgun = Yes
  • Rifle = Yes
  • In Vehicle = Yes
  • Age Requirement = None
Concealed Weapon Permit Required
  • Person = Yes
  • Vehicle = Yes
  • State Reciprocity = 33 states
  • Age Requirement = 21 years of age (18 years of age for a provisional permit)
General Information Utah State Firearms Information

Last updated: March 3, 2021

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