Basic Information

52 West Headquarters Drive
Torrey, UT 84775

From I-70: Take exit 149, then take UT-24 west toward Hanksville; continue for 43.8 miles (70.5 km). Turn right to continue on UT-24 west and continue for 37.3 miles (60 km). From I-15: take exit 188 then US-50 east toward Scipio. Left on UT-50; continuing 0.7 miles (1.1 km). Turn right onto US-50 east; continue for 24.4 miles (39.3 km). Turn right onto UT-260 south and continue 4.2 miles (6.8 km), then right on UT-24 for 71.3 miles. UT-12: North on highway 12 to Torrey, UT. Right onto UT-24.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef is a 24 hour park, open all day, every day. The visitor center is open daily (except for some major holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours spring through the fall. Current hours of operations and events can be found in news releases at https://www.nps.gov/care/learn/news/newsreleases.htm.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Weather is posted daily; check at the park visitor center for weather updates. Do not enter into narrow canyons if there is a threat of rain or if rain has been falling in the area.

Entrance Fees:

Capitol Reef Entrance fee - Private Vehicle, including motorcycle - $10.00

The entrance fee for Capitol Reef National Park is paid into a self-serve tube at the beginning of the Scenic Drive, just past the campground. The cost includes all in a private vehicle.

Capitol Reef Entrance Fee - Bicycle and Pedestrian - $7.00

The entrance fee for Capitol Reef National Park is paid into a self-serve tube at the beginning of the Scenic Drive, just past the campground. America the Beautiful Interagency passes cover this entrance fee.

Capitol Reef Entrance Fee - Commercial vehicles with a seating capacity of 26 seats or greater - $100.00

Buses and commercial vehicles are based on vehicle size/occupants, and is paid at the visitor center.

Capitol Reef Entrance Fee - Commercial vehicles with a seating capacity of 7-25 seats - $40.00

Buses and commercial vehicles are based on vehicle size/occupants, and is paid at the visitor center.

Capitol Reef Entrance Fee - Commercial vehicles with a seating capacity of 1-6 seats - $30.00

Buses and commercial vehicles are based on vehicle size/occupants, and is paid at the visitor center.

Entrance Passes:

Capitol Reef Annual Pass - $30.00

This pass covers the entrance fees to Capitol Reef National Park of the pass holder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle. It is valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. For information about other passes available see https://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center

Capitol Reef National Park visitor center sits at the intersection of UT-24 and the Scenic Drive.

 
Fremont Cottonwood trees in fall color along Sulohur Creek
Cottonwoods in fall color along Sulphur Creek

NPS

Below are some suggested ways to spend your time. If you have:

An Hour or Two:
  • Stop at the visitor center and watch the park movie.
  • Pick some delicious fruit when in season.
  • Take a short hike, such as Hickman Bridge.
  • Tour the Scenic Drive (approximately 90 minutes round trip).
  • Visit the petroglyph panel, historic schoolhouse, or the Gifford House Store and Museum to enjoy fresh baked pie when in season!
  • Join a ranger-guided program.
One Day:
  • Take a longer hike, such as Cohab Canyon.
  • Join a ranger-guided walk, talk, evening program or astronomy program.
  • Borrow a Family Fun Pack and learn about the park through family-oriented games and activities.
  • Become a Junior Ranger. Booklets are available at the visitor center.
  • Tour Cathedral Valley or the Waterpocket District. Check at the visitor center for current road conditions or call 435-425-3791.
Several Days:
  • Combine several day trip options.
  • Hike the shorter trails and routes in the Waterpocket District or Cathedral Valley.
  • Enjoy the park's pristine night sky with stargazing. Night sky charts are available at the visitor center.
  • Backpack into remote areas of the park and experience solitude and quiet. Check for current weather, road, and trail conditions at the visitor center. A free backcountry permit is required for overnight backcountry use.


Last updated: February 26, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775

Phone:

435-425-3791

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