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October 05, 2017
Autumn 2017 & Winter 2018 Hours of Operation
The Capitol Reef National Park visitor center operating hours will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily starting Monday, October 23, 2017. Extended hours will resume in summer 2018. The visitor center will be closed on major holidays including: • Friday, November 10, 2017 - Veteran’s Day • Thursday, November 23, 2017 – Thanksgiving • Monday, December 25, 2017 – Christmas • Monday, January 1, 2018 –New Year’s Day • Monday, January 15, 2018 – Dr. Martin Luther King Day • Monday, February 19, 2018 – President’s Day Free interpretive programs including a geology talk at the visitor center at 10:00 am and evening programs at the campground may be offered as staffing allows. Check the visitor center for times. The historic Gifford House, located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the visitor center on Scenic Drive, will be open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm starting Monday, October 23 through Sunday, October 29, 2017. Fresh baked pies, breads and pastries are available for purchase, including pumpkin! The house will be closed for the season starting Monday, October 30. Autumn and winter are wonderful times to enjoy the exhibits, park movie and the Capitol Reef Natural History Association bookstore. For more information about Capitol Reef National Park, visit www.nps.gov/care, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CapitolReefNPS/ , Twitter www.twitter.com/CapitolReefNPS , and Instagram at www.instagram.com/Capitolreefnps .

October 04, 2017
Earth Science Week 2017
October 8 through 14, 2017 is Earth Science Week with Fossil Day on October 11. Every day is a day to celebrate Earth science at Capitol Reef National Park. The park was established to preserve and protect the Waterpocket Fold, a unique geologic feature on Earth. 19 layers of rocks and many fossils can be seen in the park. • Daily 30-minute geology programs are offered at 10:00 am at the Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center. Visitors can discover how Capitol Reef formed over nearly 280 million years. • On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 join a ranger-led hike at 8:30 am for a 90-minute hike on the Fremont River trail to learn about the geologic story and the fossils that tell of ancient environments. Program meets at the Gifford House Museum and Store located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the visitor center on Scenic Drive. • On Thursday, October 12, 2017, join a ranger at the campground amphitheater for an evening program on the Fossils of Capitol Reef National Park. Program starts at 7:30 pm and lasts one hour. Dress warmly. Visitors can learn more about geology and fossils from free brochures available online and at the visitor center. The Capitol Reef Natural History Association bookstore at the visitor center offers books and materials to further your knowledge of Earth science. Visitor center and bookstore hours are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm through October 22, 2017. For more information about Capitol Reef National Park, visit www.nps.gov/care, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CapitolReefNPS/ , Twitter www.twitter.com/CapitolReefNPS , and Instagram at www.instagram.com/Capitolreefnps . For more information about Earth Science Week, visit www.earthsciweek.org. For more information about Fossil Day, visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/index.htm.

October 04, 2017
Capitol Reef National Park seeks candidates for 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program
Applications are being requested for Capitol Reef National Park’s 2018 Artist-in-Residence program. We are seeking applicants for the park’s Artist-in-Residence program who will be able to express the park’s resources and meanings in a unique way that engages the public through a variety of artistic mediums such as painting, drawing or photography. The goal of this program is to appreciate the aesthetic value of National Parks like Capitol Reef. New for 2018 the park is offering one night sky photographer residency for two or four weeks Jan/Feb or May/June. As an International Dark Sky Park, we are interested in exploring new ways to appreciate the parks dark skies and to collect night sky photography that can assist the park’s scientific efforts in documenting the night sky quality with the goal of conservation. The park also offers a choice of residency of two or four weeks during the months of March and October for visual and performing artists, writers and composers. The selected artist will be given rent-free use of a furnished park house and will also receive a $500 contribution from The Entrada Institute to assist with travel and supply expenses. This Artist-in-Residence program is supported by Capitol Reef National Park, in partnership with the Capitol Reef Natural History Association and The Entrada Institute. “This residency program is a chance for the artistic community to share park resources through the eyes of an artist,” said Capitol Reef National Park Acting Superintendent Pam Rice. For those who are interested in applying, the online application is now available at https://www.nps.gov/care/getinvolved/artist-in-residence.htm. Application materials must be received by Tuesday, October 31, 2017. For more information about Capitol Reef National Park, visit www.nps.gov/care, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CapitolReefNPS/ , Twitter www.twitter.com/CapitolReefNPS , and Instagram at www.instagram.com/Capitolreefnps .

October 02, 2017
Celebrate the Dark Night Sky at Heritage Starfest on October 19 through 21, 2017
Capitol Reef National Park and the Entrada Institute are partnering to present the 8th annual Heritage Starfest. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about dark skies. Events include a special guest speaker and solar viewing and star gazing with multiple telescopes.  The dark skies of Wayne County and Capitol Reef are among the darkest in the nation allowing visitors from around the world to enjoy pristine skies full of stars, constellations, and the Milky Way. This event celebrates dark sky resources. Click on the event title above to view all of the activities associated with this event.

August 21, 2017
History of Art in our National Parks
Artist-in-Residence Kit Frost will present a one-hour evening program on the History of Art in our National Parks on Monday, August 28, 2017. This program will start at 8:30 p.m. MDT at the campground amphitheater. Kit will show examples of artists whose work inspired the formation of our National Parks and contemporary events in progress throughout the National Parks. Kit’s slideshow will include samples of new artwork created during her tenure as Artist-in-Residence at Crater Lake, Acadia, Glacier and her four-week residency at Capitol Reef.

August 18, 2017
Capitol Reef National Park Proposes Vehicle Entrance Fee Increase and Group Site Fee Restructure
Capitol Reef National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to increase the entrance fee for private vehicles and restructure the group campsite fee rate beginning in 2018. All other fees will remain the same.

August 08, 2017
View the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse at Capitol Reef National Park
Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the August 21 partial Solar Eclipse. A solar telescope and a telescope with a solar filter will be set up in front of the visitor center starting at 9:00 am. Share this special event with us!

July 27, 2017
Artist-in-Residence Smartphone Photography Workshop August 10, 2017
Artist-in-Residence Kit Frost will be teaching smartphone photography techniques at Capitol Reef National Park on Thursday, August 10, 2017. This workshop will be conducted from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Picnic Area, One mile south on the Scenic Drive. Kit will demonstrate simple techniques to take quality still shots, videos, panoramics and time-lapse photographs using a variety of smartphone apps. This class is open to participants of all ages and levels of experience and is free of charge. Participants must bring their fully-charged smart phones. Kit Frost has been an Artist-in-Residence at many national parks and monuments and conducts photography workshops throughout the west. She draws inspiration from the works of Thomas Moran, Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe, relating to the monumental aspects of the American landscape. Sharing the artist experience with others is a key component of the park’s Artist-in-Residence program. During her residency Kit Frost will present public programs that provide park visitors the opportunity to see and experience Capitol Reef’s inspiring landscape in a new and creative way. For more information on Capitol Reef National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program, visit https://www.nps.gov/care/getinvolved/artist-in-residence.htm

July 24, 2017
Capitol Reef National Park Celebrates its 80th Anniversary
Capitol Reef is celebrating 80 years of conservation. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed Capitol Reef National Monument on August 2, 1937. President Richard Nixon signed legislation to create Capitol Reef National Park on December 18, 1971. The park and Capitol Reef Natural History Association are teaming up to celebrate this noteworthy milestone on August 2, 2017. Scheduled activities include: Birthday Celebration 9:00 am Join us for a brief ranger-led history talk and complimentary cupcakes. Located outside the visitor center. Music by David Boye 8:45 pm This musical evening program features David Boye on instrumental acoustic guitar. This composer and musician will be sharing his experiences and performing pieces from the Artist-in-Residence compositions that he has created in parks and monuments throughout the country. Located at the campground amphitheater. For further information about Capitol Reef National Park, visit www.nps.gov/care, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CapitolReefNPS/ Twitter www.twitter.com/CapitolReefNPS , and Instagram at www.instagram.com/Capitolreefnps .

May 23, 2017
Capitol Reef Announces First Artist-in-Residence
Capitol Reef National Park is delighted to announce photographer Kit Frost as the first Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at the park. Through this Artist-in-Residence program, artists are able to express the park’s features and issues in a powerful and engaging way. This emerging program can present a new perspective and understanding of Capitol Reef’s effect on us, and of the challenges the park faces in this century. Kit Frost is a versatile artist who expresses through oil paints, video, and photography. “The land tells me how to record it; sometimes in time lapse sequences, sometimes a video clip, sometimes with oil paints, often in silence, always within a frame,” says Kit. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Crater Lake, Acadia, Glacier and Mesa Verde National Parks, and the Bighorn National Recreation Area. Her residency in the park will be in August, 2017. Special thanks to the Entrada Institute for funding the artist’s travel and supplies. Learn about the Entrada Institute at www.entradainstitute.org. As part of the artist’s residency, Kit will present programs on her work and experience in Capitol Reef National Park. Through her work and talks, Kit will facilitate the connection between visitors and the park’s treasures, highlighting challenges the park faces and encouraging active stewardship of these precious resources.

May 12, 2017
2017 Summer Hours of Operation
“Summer is around the corner and we’re excited to welcome visitors to the park and invite everyone to join our free ranger-guided programs,” says Chief of Interpretation Lori Rome. The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center will be open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily starting Sunday May 21, 2017. Enjoy the exhibits, park movie and the Capitol Reef Natural History Association bookstore.   Free ranger-guided programs will be offered including a daily geology talk at 10:00 am and daily archeology programs at 3:00 pm. As staffing allows, nightly evening programs will be offered at the campground amphitheater typically 1 hour after sunset. Other special programs may be offered including a Moon Walk, Star Talk, Ranger-Guided hike, and Schoolhouse Talk. Check the visitor center for start times and locations. The historic Gifford House, located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the visitor center on the Scenic Drive, will be open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily starting Sunday May 21, 2017. The Gifford House, operated by the Capitol Reef Natural History Association, has pioneer history information on display and sells fresh baked pies and pioneer-era reproduction items. Learn about this non-profit park partner at www.capitolreefnha.org and enjoy a taste of Fruita's history! For further information about Capitol Reef National Park, visit www.nps.gov/care, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CapitolReefNPS/ Twitter www.twitter.com/CapitolReefNPS , and Instagram at www.instagram.com/Capitolreefnps.  

May 08, 2017
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017
Capitol Reef National Park will be celebrating International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Many species of migratory birds including several varieties of warblers, sparrows, and raptors find a hospitable stop-over in the Capitol Reef area. Park biologists will be leading a bird walk from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. The walk meets at the Capitol Reef National Park picnic area parking lot. Participants should bring binoculars, water, sharp eyes and an interest in birds. International Migratory Bird Day was created in the 1990’s to foster a greater understanding, appreciation and protection of the phenomena of bird migration. To learn more about it, visit www.birdday.org. More information about Capitol Reef National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/care.

March 09, 2017
Spring Hours 2017
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily starting Tuesday March 14, 2017. Enjoy the exhibits, park movie and the Capitol Reef Natural History Association bookstore. Winter hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm are generally from October to March each year. The historic Gifford House, located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the visitor center on Scenic Drive, will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily staring Tuesday March 14, 2017.

February 23, 2017
Capitol Reef National Park Seeks Candidates for its First Artist-in-Residence Program
Application forms for Capitol Reef National Park’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence program are now being accepted. We are seeking applicants for the park’s first Artist-in-Residence program who will be able to express the park’s features and issues in a powerful and engaging way through the medium of painting, drawing or photography. The goal of this emerging program is to present a new perspective and understanding of Capitol Reef’s effect on us, and of the challenges the park faces in this century.   “This residency program is an exciting progression of our relationship with the artist community, and will give visitors the chance to know Capitol Reef in a new and different way, through the eyes of an artist,” said Capitol Reef National Park former Superintendent Leah McGinnis. This first Artist-in-Residence is scheduled to coincide with the Fourth Annual Arts and the Park: Light on the Reef Plein Air Event, scheduled for May 30 - June 3, 2017. For those who are interested in applying, the online application is now available at https://www.nps.gov/care/getinvolved/artist-in-residence.htm.  Application materials must be received by Wednesday April 5, 2017. For more information, please call 435-425-4112. 

January 12, 2017
Leah McGinnis named new superintendent of Saguaro National Park
Leah McGinnis, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named superintendent of Saguaro National Park in Arizona by NPS Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica. McGinnis, who recently completed a four-month stint as acting superintendent of Saguaro, is superintendent of Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. She will begin her new assignment the week of Feb. 19.

November 20, 2016
Annual Holiday Open House at Capitol Reef
“Come join us as we welcome the winter holidays with songs of the season’,” says Shirley Torgerson, Executive Director of the Capitol Reef Natural History Association. This open house celebration will be Friday December 2, 2016 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.   At 2:00 pm children from Wayne County Loa Elementary School will decorate the park holiday tree with hand-made ornaments commemorating the National Park Service Centennial, and sing holiday songs. Live music by Becky Pace and Lynsey Shelar begins at 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. A special discount of 20% off all bookstore merchandise is offered on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3. More information about Capitol Reef National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/care and about Capitol Reef Natural History Association at www.capitolreefnha.org. 

November 14, 2016
2017 Fee Free Days
 National Park Service Announces Fee Free Days for 2017 Ten More Great Reasons to Visit a National Park WASHINGTON – Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit a national park for free on one of 10 fee free days in 2017. The ten entrance fee-free days for 2017 will be: January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20: Presidents Day April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week Weekends August 25: National Park Service Birthday September 30: National Public Lands Day November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

October 14, 2016
2016 Autumn & 2017 Winter Hours of Operations & Events
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center is currently open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm through October 29. Free interpretive programs will include: a geology talk at the visitor center at 10:00 am, Prehistoric Culture talk at the Highway 24 petroglyph panel at 3:00 pm, and occasional campground evening programs at 7:30 pm as staffing allows. Beginning October 30, 2016, visitor center hours will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily through the winter.

September 22, 2015
Capitol Reef Celebrates Harvest Homecoming
Capitol Reef National Park and Capitol Reef Natural History Association celebrate Harvest Homecoming October 3rd, with live music and cultural demonstrations on quilting and rug twining, and apple pressing and pottery making.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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