For Kids

Group of adults, children, and babies in backpacks hiking in a rocky bottomed canyon, with some green shrubs and blue sky.
Capitol Gorge is a kid-friendly hike in a canyon that was the original road through the park, up until 1962. Look for the Pioneer Register, where pioneers carved their names in the rock. Please "leave no trace" and do not add to the Pioneer Register.

NPS/Chris Roundtree

Things to Do

Two photos: Large group of children and adults sitting on benches on a covered porch, raising hands to answer question from intern in center of photo.
Ripple Rock Nature Center interns present programs for all ages during the summer.

Left photo: Joe Ceradini. Right photo: NPS

Ripple Rock Nature Center

Located on the Scenic Drive, just south of the visitor center. Typically open late May through mid-August, with free activities for kids of all ages. Ripple Rock is staffed by Utah Valley University interns, through a park partnership. Check at the visitor center or the calendar for schedules.

At the Nature Center, kids can:

  • Attend a Nature Talk or Junior Geologist program (see schedule at visitor center or campground)
  • Play pioneer games
  • Pretend to milk a cow
  • Make cornmeal on a prehistoric grinding stone
  • Identify fossils and rock layers
  • Play with animal puppets
  • Make art
Colorful patch that says Junior Geologist Capitol Reef National Park, on a tan rock.

Junior Geologist Program

This free program is only offered in person, at the Ripple Rock Nature Center, during the summer. Check at the visitor center or the calendar for schedules. Discover geology, the formation of the Waterpocket Fold, colorful rock layers, and the effects of erosion. Complete the activities in person to earn a patch.

Last updated: July 30, 2020

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Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775


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