Ranger Programs

 
Ranger in flat hat, holding photos and diagrams up in front of audience of three people, with a background of colorful rock layers and formations.
Rangers give daily geology talks.

NPS/ S. Cotrell

Park staff 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. See the calendar, or check at the Capitol Reef Visitor Center upon arrival for more details.

Year-round Programs

  • Geology Talk
    Learn about geologic process that created the Waterpocket fold and spectacular features of Capitol Reef National Park! 30 minutes. Daily. Check the
    calendar for time and location.
  • Junior Ranger Program
    Request a Junior Ranger activity book at the visitor center, and complete the activities to learn about the park and earn a badge.

    The Junior Ranger Booklet is also available in thirteen additional languages. Please ask at the visitor center or email the park for one of the following text-only translations: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.
 

Summer Programs (mid May to mid October)

Check at the visitor center or campground bulletin boards for locations, topics, and times.

Note: programs may be cancelled depending on staffing levels, or weather.
  • Archeology Talk - daily
    Learn about cultures that call this place home; 30 minutes.
  • Geology Talk - daily
    Discover the geologic story of Capitol Reef; 30 minutes.
  • Evening Program - daily near sunset
    Topics and start times vary, check at the visitor center or campground bulletin boards for details. Meet at the Fruita Campground amphitheater; 1 hour.
  • Astronomy Program - several nights per week
    View the night skies on a constellation tour, or with telescopes. Start times vary, check at the visitor center or campground bulletin boards for details; 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Night Sky viewing in Torrey, Ut. - Typically every Saturday.
    View the celestial wonders of the night skies. Start times vary, check at the visitor center or the Entrada Institute website for more details; up to 2 hours.
 
A sky full of stars with the denser milky way in the middle. A person in silhouette points to the stars.

NPS / J. Zylland

Special Events

Heritage StarFest


Heritage StarFest celebrates the incredible night skies of Capitol Reef and Wayne County. This two day event takes place each fall with activities both in the park and in the neighboring town of Torrey.

In 2024, Heritage StarFest will take place September 27 and 28. Check out the event page for more details about this year's event!

Last updated: January 31, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775

Phone:

435-425-3791
Recorded park information available 24 hours a day. Phones are answered when staff is available. If no one answers, please leave a message, your call will be returned. Questions may also be sent to care_information@nps.gov.

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