Things To Do

Pendleton Barn
Historic Pendleton barn and soaring red cliffs.

NPS/Adam Hiscock


Whether you have a couple hours or multiple days, Capitol Reef is full of opportunities to recreate. The park has something to offer for all visitors. Below are some ideas to get started.

  • Auto Touring: There are three districts which can be explored by vehicle. Both paved and off road options allow exploration of this highly scenic area.
  • Biking: Bicycles must remain on maintained roads open to vehicular traffic. A handout available at the visitor center identifies and describes recommended routes.
  • Camping: With one developed campground, two primitive campgrounds, and vast backcountry options there are many places to stay the night in the park.
  • Explore Fruita: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the district includes the one-room Fruita Schoolhouse, Gifford House Store and Museum, Merin-Smith Blacksmith Shop, orchards, and a picnic area with tables under shade trees.
  • For Kids :Kids of all ages can participate in the park's Junior Ranger Program. Booklets are available at the visitor center or online. Other activities may be available during the summer season.
  • Hiking: Great hiking options exist from one hour overlook trails to multi-day backpacking in remote areas of the park.
  • Other Outdoor Activities: Most of the park's 243,921 acres is open for exploration. Try hiking, wildlife-viewing, fishing, horseback riding, or rock climbing.
  • Ranger-led Programs: From Spring to Fall, the park offers programs at no charge, open to everyone. These include talks, evening programs at the campground amphitheater, and guided hikes.

Our Trip Planner can help you prepare for your visit.

Last updated: December 11, 2018

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