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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Things To Do

There are many ways to explore Capitol Reef!

A hiker standing under Hickman Natural Bridge


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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Explore Fruita

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

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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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Things to Know

What to know before you arrive in Capitol Reef National Park.

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Leave No Trace

Help protect the park.

Hikers looking at the rock walls on the Capitol Gorge trail

Hiking Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef is a hiker's dream. Learn more about the trails and routes.

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

Last updated: May 15, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775



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