Alerts & Conditions

Capitol Reef National Park Public Health Update

Modified Park Operations

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. View the press release.

  • The visitor center and Gifford House are open daily from 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm.
    • Building occupancies are limited to 20 people at one time. Consider sending one person from your group in, to help promote social distancing and reduce wait times.
  • Operations are subject to change at any time.
  • When ranger programs resume, all programs will all take place at the campground amphitheater to promote social distancing. Program schedules will be posted at the visitor center and campground.
  • Backcountry camping permits can be obtained at the visitor center, from 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm.
  • Canyoneering routes are open (with a permit), except for all routes in Shinob, Burro, Cottonwood, and FiveMile canyons. These routes are temporarily closed due to resource concerns.
  • Reservations for the Fruita Campground are available through All other dates will continue to open on a rolling six month basis. The Group Site will remain closed at this time. As we move forward, the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners will guide our operational approach to examine each facility function and service and ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance.
  • Capitol Reef National Park is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and other federal, state, and local health authorities.

National Park Service Public Health Service Officers Recommend that Everyone Should Take the Following Routine Precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
  • In the office, keep 6 feet (1.8 m) of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
  • Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.

Follow the NPS public health web page for the latest public health updates from the National Park Service.

Know before you go: check for Utah park alerts!

This page will be updated as conditions change.

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 visitor center hours

Last updated: June 1, 2020

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HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775



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