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Contact: Visitor Center, 435-425-4111Springtime at Capitol Reef is a wonderful time to notice changes. Though the weather is turning warm and dry, an occasional snowfall can occur. You’ll notice the trees budding, flowers blooming, and critters coming out of hibernation, like our resident marmots, so please yield to wildlife on the roadways. “While planning your trip, don’t forget the daylight-saving time change and spring ahead one hour on March 12,” says park ranger Cindy Micheli.
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. The Gifford House, operated by the Capitol Reef Natural History Association, has pioneer history information on display and sells fresh baked pies (pies will be sold for $3.14 on Pi Day, March 14), breads and pastries. Learn about this non-profit park partner at www.capitolreefnha.org and enjoy a taste of Fruita's history!
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