Capitol Reef National Park
Preserves the Waterpocket Fold
Capitol Reef National Park preserves the Waterpocket Fold, a 90-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust, called a monocline. The Fold extends 70 miles, from nearby Thousand Lake Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National Park was established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the spectacular eroded jumble of cliffs, domes, monoliths, twisting canyons and graceful arches.
Rates & Fees
- The fee for entering the Scenic Drive is $5 per vehicle.
- Campsites in the 70-site Fruita Campground are $10 per night and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The Group Campground, on a reservation basis, is $25 per night.
Seasons / Hours
The park and campgrounds are open year round. The Visitor Center is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM with extended hours during the summer season.
- Visitor Center hours vary from season to season. Call ahead for specific dates and times.
- Located at Utah Highway 24, the Visitor Center has many exhibits, a slide show, and book sales.
Programs & Events
Held the last Friday and Saturday in September, Harvest Homecoming celebrates the pioneer legacy and fruit harvest of Capitol Reef. A number of programs are held during this two day festival, including: calf roping; American Indian dancing; quilting demonstrations; historic draft horse and farm implement demonstrations; soap and candle making; blacksmithing and wheelwright/wainright demonstrations; ham smoking and sorghum processing; and a host of other cultural events
Ranger Nature Tours
Summer walks, talks and evening campfire programs are offered at Capitol Reef by staff.
None are available within the park. Convenience marts and grocery stores are located in Torrey, Bicknell,and Loa, west of the Visitor Center on Utah Highway 24.
Approximately 700,000 visitors come to Capitol Reef, primarily between April and October. Visitation is the highest April through June, September and October. It is lowest in January.
HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, Utah 84775
Rules & Regulations
It is the visitor's responsibility to know and obey park rules. Regulations are designed for visitors' protection and to protect natural resources.
- Hunting, trapping or the use of firearms is prohibited. Firearms must be unloaded while in the park.
- All vehicles (including bicycles) must remain on maintained roads or in designated parking areas. All vehicles must be licensed for highway use and all drivers must possess a valid state drivers license. ATV use is prohibited within the park unless such vehicles are equipped and licensed for highway use.
- Car camping is allowed only in designated campsites. Backcountry camping is prohibited within one-half mile or within sight and sound of maintained roads and trails.
- A free backcountry use permit is required for all overnight backpacking trips.
- Parties using the park's backcountry areas for overnight camping are limited in size to no more than 12 persons.
- Wood gathering is prohibited in the park. Fires are allowed only in designated receptacles provided by the park. Fuel burning stoves must be used in the backcountry.
- Pets are not allowed on trails or in backcountry areas. In developed areas, they must be kept on a leash at all times.
- Possession, destruction or removal of any native animals, plants, rock samples, or cultural artifacts is prohibited.
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