Ranger Programs

ranger presenting a talk at the petroglyph panel
Ranger talk at the Petroglyph Panel

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Park guides and volunteers offer a variety of interpretive programs daily, spring through fall. Program types, times, and locations vary throughout the year and are subject to last-minute changes due to weather or other factors. Check at the Capitol Reef Visitor Center upon arrival for more details or check the calendar page.

 
Regular Programs (from approximately mid to late May through October; check at the visitor center for times)
  • Geology Talk - daily
    Discover the geologic story of Capitol Reef. Meet at the visitor center; 20-30 minutes.

  • Fremont Culture Talk - daily
    Learn about past cultures that called this place home. Meet at the petroglyph panel, 1.1 miles (1.7 km) east of the visitor center on Highway 24; 20-30 minutes.

  • Evening Program - Check at the visitor center for times and topics
    Topics and start times vary, check at the visitor center or ask campground hosts for details. Meet at the campground amphitheater; 45-60 minutes.
 
Junior Ranger Activities
Request a Junior Ranger activity book, and complete the activities to learn about the park and earn a badge. For those who complete the book, Junior Ranger patches are also available in the bookstore.
 
Special Programs (from approximately mid to late May through October; check at the visitor center for schedules and meeting points)
  • Ranger-led Hike
    Locations vary; check at the visitor center for schedules and meeting points; 2-3 hours.
  • Historic Fruita Schoolhouse
    Visit the Fruita community's most iconic building. Meet at the schoolhouse, 0.8 mile (1.2 km) east of the visitor center on Highway 24; 30 minutes.
  • Orchard Chat
    Reveal the importance of Fruit's historic orchards during this ranger-guided discussion and walk. Meet at the Picnic Area; 30 minutes.
  • Astronomy Talk
    This talk explores the solar system with views of the sun through a solar telescope. Meet at visitor center; 1 hour.
  • Porch Talk
    Topics vary; check the visitor center for details. Meet at the visitor center; 20 minutes.
  • Star Gazing - After dark.
    When offered, this informal program meets at the campground amphitheater parking lot near Loop C immediately following the campground evening program or after dark on evenings when no campground program is offered. 2 hours.

    Additional Programs
  • Park staff present programs such as night sky tours, full moon hikes, storytelling, etc. Inquire at the visitor center, check the calendar, or ask campground hosts for information on upcoming special programs.

Last updated: March 20, 2017

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