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Spend a Half Day in Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park

Prominent red cliffs with blue sky, clouds in distance, with red slopes and green grass in front.
Duration Half Day
Topic(s) Geology, Rock Landscapes and Features, Scenic Views, Trails, Roads, Routes and Highways
Activities Front-Country Hiking, Picnicking, Scenic Driving
Type Kid Friendly, Active, Relaxed, Solitary/Remote, Educational, Outdoors, Road Trip, Group Friendly
Parks Capitol Reef National Park

With half a day in Capitol Reef National Park, you have time to take an easy or moderate hike, explore the Scenic Drive, and even visit the Gifford House (open seasonally) to pick up a personal-sized pie!

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    • Capitol Reef National Park

      Scenic Drive Tour

      • Activity Fee: Yes
      • Reservations: No
      • Activity: Scenic Driving
      • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
      • Location: Capitol Reef Scenic Drive
      • Duration: 90 Minutes
      • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
      • Time of Day: Any Time
      Stormy skies with a small spot of a rainbow, red cliffs, and a blacktop road.

      Take Capitol Reef's Scenic Drive, and experience colorful cliffs and deep narrow canyons from the comfort of your vehicle.

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    • Capitol Reef National Park

      Hike an Easy or Moderate Trail

      • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
      • Reservations: No
      • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
      • Pets: No
      • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
      • Time of Day: Any Time
      A person stands in a sandy wash in a deep cream colored sandstone canyon.

      Hike an easy or moderate trail to see panoramic views or to experience a deep sandstone canyon.

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    • Capitol Reef National Park

      Picnic

      • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
      • Reservations: No
      • Activity: Picnicking
      • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
      • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
      • Time of Day: Day
      Lush, green grassy lawn with trees and red cliffs; covered picnic tables at the head of red canyon.

      Enjoy a picnic in Capitol Reef National Park! In the Fruita Historic District, look for the Doc Inglesby and Chesnut picnic areas, as well as tables and a water fountain near the Gifford House. At the end of Capitol Gorge Road, off the Scenic Drive, there are covered picnic tables as well as a pit toilet.

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    Last updated: March 25, 2021