Things To Do

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. Our Trip Planner can help you prepare for your visit.

Black and white photo of old fashioned car meeting two wagons pulled by horses in a narrow canyon.

Road Tours

Explore Capitol Reef by vehicle.

RVs, tents, cars, and vans in a green, shaded campground.


With one developed campground, two primitive campgrounds, and vast backcountry options, there are many places to stay the night in the park.

Visitor center surrounded by red sandstone cliffs

Get Information from the Visitor Center

Drop by the visitor center to get more information about the park.

Visitors in the bookstore operated by the Capitol Reef Natural History Association


The Capitol Reef Natural History Association operates the bookstore in the Capitol Reef Visitor Center.

Hikers looking at a rock wall in Capitol Gorge in Capitol Reef National Park.

Hiking Trails and Routes

Capitol Reef offers many options for hikers and backpackers.

Two bike riders on paved highway, with scenic rock formations and blue sky in the background.

Bicycle Touring

Explore the roads of Capitol Reef by bicycle!

Volunteer saying Junior Ranger pledge with three children and an adult.

For Kids

Capitol Reef offers activities for people of all ages. Check out these ideas!

Ranger presenting program to visitors at Capitol Reef National Park

Ranger Programs

Join a ranger to discover more about the natural and cultural wonders of Capitol Reef.

Visitor picking fruit in an orchard open for picking


Historic orchards contain about 2,000 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond, and walnut.

Black and white photo of canyon with orchards, cliffs, and a river.

Historic Fruita

Explore the history of Fruita, established in the 1880s by Latter-Day-Saint pioneers.

Packhorse and person by wooden fence in a large canyon

Outdoor Activities

Most of the park's 243,921 acres is open for exploration. Try hiking, wildlife-viewing, fishing, horseback riding, or rock climbing.


Last updated: October 11, 2019

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HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775



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