Recreational horse and pack animal use is a traditional means of viewing and experiencing Capitol Reef National Park. “Pack animals” are defined as horses, burros, and mules. Stock use in any part of the park may be prohibited when necessary to protect park resources or visitors.
Horses and pack animals are allowed throughout the park except the following areas:
The following regulations protect fragile desert resources which are easily damaged by stock use. The superintendent has determined that stock use is appropriate under these conditions which help protect park resources.
Horse and Pack Animal Use Restrictions
For all trips involving horses and/or pack animals (day use or overnight), the following regulations apply:
The equestrian staging area at the Post Corral is located in the park’s South (Waterpocket) District, about 35 miles (57 km) south of Utah Highway 24 via the Notom-Bullfrog Road and Burr Trail Road. Check at the visitor center, or call 435-425-3791 and press 1 for more information, then 4 for current road conditions, since stormy weather may impact access to this site.
This is the park’s only developed overnight facility for stock users. It is also available for day use, under the same conditions as for overnight users:
Access from the Post Corral (Waterpocket District) south through Halls Creek drainage; Halls Creek Narrows is closed to all stock use— however, the narrows can be bypassed with stock via the Hall Divide route.
Access from Upper or Lower South Desert Overlooks, from the Hartnet Road, in the Cathedral Valley District.
South Draw Road:
Access to Tantalus Flats and Boulder Mountain or return down Pleasant Creek; accessed from the Pleasant Creek trailhead.
Last updated: March 12, 2021