Things To Know Before You Come


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    Ranger Programs

    Join a ranger to find out more about the wonders of Capitol Reef National Park.

  • RVs, tents, cars, and vans in a green, shaded campground, with some fall colors.

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


Plan and Prepare

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    Maps & Brochures

    Plan your visit with maps and information about Capitol Reef.

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    Visiting in the Busy Season

    Tips for visiting in the busy spring and fall seasons.

  • Reddish brown river flowing between green banks, with cliffs, a stormy sky, and rainbow.

    Capitol Reef experiences all four seasons. Check the weather forecast before you visit.

  • Flash flood in Sulphur Creek in Capitol Reef National Park
    Your Safety

    Your safety is your responsibility. Safety tips for visiting Capitol Reef.

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    Get the NPS App

    A trip planner in your hand. Download the app and save the park for offline use.

  • Black and white long-haired dog with a woman walking it and another dog on a leash.

    Where can you take your pet in Capitol Reef National Park?

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    Things To Do

    There are many ways to experience Capitol Reef!

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    Explore Fruita

    Whether you have half a day or more, spend your time exploring the Fruita area by car or on foot.

  • Blue sky, large white slopes, with red triangular shaped rocks below, green grass in the foreground
    Waterpocket District

    Experience the less-visited, southern part of Capitol Reef, where the dramatic angle of the Waterpocket Fold is on display.

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    Cathedral Valley District

    The remote and rugged northern part of Capitol Reef offers adventurous visitors solitude and spectacular views.

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    Driving directions to Capitol Reef National Park.

  • Park staff removing graffiti with water and brushes
    Leave No Trace

    Help protect the park.

  • Annual America the Beautiful pass with skier on it.
    Fees & Passes

    Learn about park fees.



Capitol Reef National Park does not have a lodge or restaurant. The Wayne County Travel Council has information for services available in Wayne County, Utah. Looking for laundry and showers? Learn about additional local services.

Upon arrival, stop by the park visitor center for current information on everything from road conditions to hiking trails, camping, and ranger-led programs and to pick up a copy of the Park Map. Rangers and volunteers are available to answer questions and provide information regarding all aspects of Capitol Reef National Park.

The Capitol Reef Natural History Association operates a bookstore in the park visitor center. Water, sunscreen, and hats are available along with a wide variety of books, maps, and gift items. The store offers something for everyone.

Other services are available in the adjacent communities of Torrey, Caineville, and Hanksville.


Weather page for climate information and a link to the current forecast.


Most park service sites are pet restrictive. Please refer to the regulations for more information.

Road Conditions

For current road conditions, refer to the recorded message on the automated phone system at (435) 425-3791. Press 1 for more information, then 4 for road conditions.

Last updated: December 6, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775


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