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Capitol Reef National Park to open all recreational opportunities

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Date: June 1, 2020
Contact: Sue Fritzke, Superintendent, 435-425-4100

Torrey, UT - Capitol Reef National Park is fully open with implementation of our final phased resumption in operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The park has followed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Utah State guidance and has installed social distancing measures in the visitor center and Gifford House, open as of June 1, and at the Fruita Campground opening June 2.

A new project begins the week of June 1 to rehabilitate and upgrade the visitor center restrooms. The restrooms will be closed for approximately six weeks. Visitors are encouraged to use vault toilet facilities along State Route 24 through the park. Flush toilets are available at the picnic area on Scenic Drive. 

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Capitol Reef National Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and opened operations will be regularly monitored.

When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Please be respectful of other visitors and maintain distance.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The park will continue to monitor all operations to ensure that visitors have access to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and will take steps necessary to protect public health.   

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

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