Capitol Reef National Park Map

Preserves the Waterpocket Fold

Climate and Map

Capitol Reef National Park

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.


General Information

Rates & Fees


Visitor Center

Visitor Center  Capital Reef


  • 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.


Capitol Reef National Park has an arid climate with precipitation averaging just 7.2 inches annually at the park Visitor Center weather station. During summers, average daytime temperatures run in the mid-90s, but have been recorded as high as 104 degrees F. Average summer nighttime temperatures are in the 60s.Winter temperatures average in the 40s daytime and the 20s at night, but have been recorded below zero at times.

Capitol Reef is subject to flash flooding from late June through early October. Flash floods can leave you stranded in a canyon or on a back country road. Check with the Visitor Center for up-to-date weather and road conditions before embarking to the backcountry. For current weather conditions, call the Visitor Center at 435-425-3791, ext. 111.


Capital reef np map

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Capital Reef np



It is the visitor's responsibility to know and obey park rules. Regulations are designed for visitors' protection and to protect natural resources. Link to Park website

Parks & Monuments in the area

Goblin Valley State Park: 74 miles northeast.

Arches National Park: 139 miles east.

Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky): 163 miles east.

Kodachrome Basin State Park: 121 miles southwest.

Bryce Canyon National Park: 129 miles west.

Natural Bridges National Monument: 141 miles southeast.



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