Alerts & Conditions


Capitol Reef National Park Public Health Update

Modified Park Operations

Capitol Reef National Park is fully open. The park is following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, and Utah State guidance.

  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, visitors to Capitol Reef National Park are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • The visitor center is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • The Gifford House is closed for the season and will reopen on March 14, 2022.
    • Building limit: 12 people.
    • Consider sending one person from your group in, to help promote physical distancing and reduce wait times.
  • 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.
  • Canyoneering routes are open (with a permit).
  • The Fruita Campground is first-come, first-served November 1 through February 28, and is reservable from March 1 through October 31. Reservations for the Fruita Campground, including the Group Site, are available through All other dates will continue to open on a rolling six month basis.
  • 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. Learn more about the NPS response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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.

The National Park Service asks the public to be our partner in adopting physical distancing practices when visiting Capitol Reef and other parks.

The NPS encourages visitors to follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and recreate responsibly.

  • Wash your hands often
  • Maintain 6 feet (1.8 m) distance between yourself and those outside your household. Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Monitor your health daily.

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

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This page will be updated as conditions change.

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