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 recreation.gov. 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.