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Capitol Reef National Park Ready to Welcome Spring Visitors

Two people stand in front of a building. One cuts a ribbon with oversized scissors
Opening for the new visitor center exhibits

NPS / P. Torgerson

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News Release Date: March 4, 2022

Contact: Visitor Center, 435-425-3791

Capitol Reef National Park is ready for the busy spring season. Visitation typically increases dramatically in mid-March. Visitors can enjoy the new visitor center exhibits and the Gifford House will be opening for the season on Pi Day, Monday, March 14. Additionally, the Capitol Reef section of the NPS app features a newly added self-guided audio tour of the Scenic Drive.

Superintendent Sue Fritzke expressed the importance of the new visitor center exhibits: “These exhibits, representing the efforts of many past and present employees, more fully represent the myriad stories and resources of this park, and are a fitting improvement in our 50th year as a national park.” This project utilized recreation fee dollars to improve and update the visitor center.  Many thanks to those that helped to bring these new exhibits into existence including professors and students from the Utah Valley University Photography program, Southern Custom Exhibits, and the Capitol Reef Natural History Association. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The historic Gifford House, one mile south of the visitor center, will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a closure from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. Stop by this historic homestead to learn more about pioneer life in Fruita and purchase baked goods. On March 14th, pies will be $3.14 each, the regular price will be $7.50. Those planning trips to the park are encouraged to visit the park website or utilize the NPS app. The website features tips on visiting in the busy season and a wealth of other information. In the app, parks can be downloaded for offline use. WiFi is available at the visitor center; however, cell service is unreliable in the park.

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Last updated: March 4, 2022

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