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 to all visitors. Below are some ideas to get started and suggested itinteraries. The park's Trip Planner can also help you prepare for your visit.

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Road Tours

Explore Capitol Reef by vehicle.

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.

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Outdoor Activities

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

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

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.

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Bicycle Touring

Explore the roads of Capitol Reef by bicycle!


Maps & Brochures

Plan your visit with maps and information about Capitol Reef.

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Discover important places in Capitol Reef National Park.

Below are some suggested ways to spend your time. If you have:

One or Two Hours:

  • Stop at the visitor center and watch the park movie, "Watermark."

  • Take a short hike, such as Hickman Bridge.

  • Tour the Scenic Drive (approximately 90 minutes round trip).
  • Visit the petroglyph panel, historic schoolhouse, or the Gifford House Store and Museum to enjoy fresh baked pie when in season!
  • Pick some delicious fruit when in season.
  • Join a ranger for a program.

One Day:

Several Days:

  • Combine several day trip options.

  • Hike the shorter trails and routes in the South/Waterpocket District or North/Cathedral Valley.

  • Enjoy the park's pristine night sky by stargazing. Night sky charts are available at the visitor center.
  • Backpack into remote areas of the park and experience solitude and quiet. Check for current weather, road, and trail conditions at the visitor center. A free backcountry permit is required for overnight backcountry use.


Last updated: December 16, 2019

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HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775



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