How Recreation Fee Dollars are Utilized
The National Park Service works "....to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." (NPS Organic Act 1916)
Visitor Center Renovation and New Exhibits
Beginning in September 2020, the Capitol Reef Visitor Center will undergo renovations and new exhibits will be installed. The improved visitor center is expected to reopen in the late spring or early summer of 2021.
*The relief map was not harmed in this update, it is in storage until it can safely be displayed again.
In 2019 and 2020, seasonal trail crew workers were hired with recreation fee dollars to improve trails throughout the Fruita area. Properly maintained trails allow visitors to more safely experience all the park has to offer.
Frying Pan Trail Improvements
Before trail improvements the path was hard to follow NPS/Joe Sauls
Clear steps and an easy to follow trail NPS/Joe Sauls
Seasonal Ranger StaffEach year additional staff are hired for the busy season. From May through October, these rangers staff the visitor center, provide free public programs, and assist visitors with trip planning. When you visit the park, chances are that you will interact with one or more of the seasonal park rangers.
Additionally, the Capitol Reef Visitor Center will soon undergo a rehab project before new interpretive displays and exhibits are installed. Previous exhibits were over forty years old and temporary exhibits have been on display for the past eight years.
The majority of recreation fee dollars fund maintenance projects. From refurbishing the park entrance signs to the upkeep of the Fruita Campground and orchards, your fee dollars are at work.
Last updated: August 26, 2020