Capitol Reef National Park is a park best explored by foot. Most of the park's 243,921 acres is open for exploration and with nearly 200 miles of marked frontcountry trails and backcountry routes, there are many opportunities for exploring Capitol Reef. You'll also find options for scenic driving tours, rock climbing, horseback riding, and biking. Capitol Reef is the place for recreation and re-creation!
Hiking and Backpacking
Capitol Reef has nearly 200 miles of trails and routes that range from easy, short walks to 3-day backpacking trips. There's something for everyone.
There are three districts in Capitol Reef that can be explored by vehicle. Some of the roads are unpaved and can usually be navigated by standard vehicles or those with high-clearance.
The multiple rock layers found at Capitol Reef offer a diverse canyon environment.
Capitol Reef has experienced minimal use by technical rock climbers. However, recent years have seen an increase in climbing in Utah's canyon country.
Bicycles (including e-bikes) must remain on maintained roads open to vehicular traffic. Bicycles may not travel off road, in washes, on closed roads, on hiking trails, or backcountry routes.
Horse and Pack Animal Use
Horse and pack animal use is considered a valid means of viewing and experiencing Capitol Reef.
Last updated: January 14, 2020