Alerts & Conditions


Capitol Reef National Park Operations

Capitol Reef National Park is fully open.

  • The park is open 24 hours a day.
  • The visitor center is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily. The visitor center will be closed on December 24 and 25, 2023.
  • The Gifford House is closed for the season and will reopen on Pi Day, March 14, 2024.
    • Operating hours will be 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:45 pm to 4:30 pm.
  • Operations are subject to change at any time.
  • Ranger programs will be listed at the visitor center and on bulletin boards.
  • Backcountry camping permits can be obtained at the visitor center, during open hours. Please arrive early enough to complete the permit process before closing.
  • Most Canyoneering routes are open (with a permit). Check alerts above for seasonal closures.
  • The Fruita Campground is reservable from March 1 through October 31. Reservations for the Fruita Campground, including the Group Site, are available through Dates are available up to six months in advance. The campground is first-come, first-served from November 1 to February 28 and generators are only permitted in the C loop.

Current Road Conditions

Select from the three park districts below to see road conditions. Please be advised that road conditions on the website are updated weekly. The park road condition phone line has the most up to date information. Conditions may change due to weather at a moments notice. Road Conditions update as of 12/6/2023.
Condition: Definition:
2WD Two Wheel Drive. Accessible to standard vehicles.
HC2WD High Clearance Two Wheel Drive.
HC4WD High Clearance Four Wheel Drive.
Closed Road is closed for travel.
Impassable Conditions are too dangerous for travel.
Unknown Conditions are unknown at this time.
Likely Impassable While unknown, the road may be impassable.
Not recommended High danger of travel on road.

High Clearance: Capitol Reef National Park defines high clearance as 8 inch minimum. Many outside agencies define it as 9 inches or more. In some situations, car length can make a difference, since washouts can get long-wheelbase cars stuck.

Road Name Condition Updated on
Scenic Drive 2WD 12/6/23
Grand Wash 2WD 12/6/23
Capitol Gorge 2WD 12/6/23
South Draw Not Recommended 12/6/23
Pleasant Creek 2WD 12/2/23
Sulphur Creek Rd HC2WD 11/20/23
Gooseneck Rd 2WD 12/6/23

Road Name Condition Updated on
Notom-Bullfrog Rd HC2WD 11/30/23
Burr Trail Rd 2WD 11/30/23
Strike Valley Overlook Rd HC4WD 11/30/23
Halls Creek Overlook Rd HC4WD 11/30/23
Bullfrog Creek Crossing Unknown 11/20/23

Road Name Condition Updated on
River Ford Unknown  
Hartnet Rd Unknown  
Bentonite Hills Area Unknown  
Cathedral Valley Rd Unknown  
Baker Ranch Rd Unknown  
Polk Creek Rd Unknown  
Oil Well Bench Rd Unknown  
Call 435-425-3791 to reach the automated phone tree, which has the weather forecast recorded daily; updates on road conditions as they change; and the fruit hotline for flowering and harvesting information.

Press #1 for information, then press:
#1 to have information mailed to you
#2 for campground information
#3 for the daily weather forecast
#4 for road conditions
#5 for orchard and fruit information
#6 for the visitor center bookstore
#7 for visitor center information
#8 to leave a message for visitor center staff
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Last updated: December 6, 2023

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Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775


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