Discover the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic wrinkle on earth!

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

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Visiting in the Busy Season

Tips for visiting in the busy spring and fall seasons.

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Do I need a permit or reservation?

Permits are required for certain activities, like canyoneering, rock climbing, backpacking, group activities, commercial tours, and others.

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Things To Do

There are many ways to experience Capitol Reef!

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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.

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Visiting parks in southern Utah?

Learn more about permits, shuttles, and reservations for nearby parks.

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Learn about the geologic processes that created the Waterpocket Fold.

Night skies in Capitol Reef National Park

International Dark Sky Park

Discover Capitol Reef's dark night skies.

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Backpacking in Capitol Reef

A free backpacking permit is required before starting your overnight adventure.

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Leave No Trace

Help protect the park.

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

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Nature & Science

Discover the natural resources protected within Capitol Reef National Park.

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Women of Capitol Reef

Women explorers, pioneers, and artists have all played a role in Capitol Reef. Discover their stories!

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Your Fee Dollars at Work

Discover how your recreation fee dollars are used for park improvements, such as trail work, signage, and renovations.

Last updated: January 18, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775


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