Alerts & Conditions

Capitol Reef National Park Public Health Update

Changes in Park Operations

The following precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Capitol Reef National Park is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and other federal, state, and local health authorities.
  • The park is recommending visitors comply with the Governor's Stay Home, Stay Safe directive to temporarily discourage unnecessary travel and concentrated recreational use to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus and combat the spread of COVID-19. The goals of the directive are to flatten the curve, reduce potential impacts to local communities, reduce the strain on hospitals and the healthcare system, and minimize the impact on medical resources for those with highest need.
  • The Fruita campground is closed until further notice. There are other campgrounds in the county that are still available.
  • The visitor center building is closed, this includes the bookstore. Park maps and information are available outside.
  • Backcountry permits are temporarily available for self-registration. Permits can be obtained at the permit box outside the visitor center.
  • The Gifford House is closed.
  • Bookstore orders can be placed online from the Capitol Reef Natural History Association.
  • Park staff will be available out in the park to answer questions and provide information. Staff will also be available by phone at 435-425-4111 or by email.
  • Ranger programs are cancelled.
  • Visitors can be assured that the park continues to monitor conditions and maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in accordance with CDC guidance.

National Park Service Public Health Service Officers Recommend that Everyone Should Take the Following Routine Precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
  • In the office, keep 6 feet (1.8 m) of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
  • Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.

Follow the NPS public health web page for the latest public health updates from the National Park Service.

Capitol Reef National Park issued a press release on March 17, 2020, regarding modifications to operations in response to the latest health guidance.

Know before you go: check for Utah park alerts!

Call 435-425-3791 to reach the automated phone tree, which has the weather forecast recorded daily; updates on road conditions as they change; and the fruit hotline for flowering and harvesting information.

Press #1 for information, then press:
#1 to have information mailed to you
#2 for campground information
#3 for the daily weather forecast
#4 for road conditions
#5 for orchard and fruit information
#6 for visitor center hours

Last updated: March 31, 2020

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Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775



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