Permits & Reservations

There is no reservation or timed-entry ticket needed to enter Capitol Reef National Park. The park is busy in spring through fall and it can be difficult to find parking at popular trailheads. Plan ahead and be flexible.

Certain activities at Capitol Reef National Park require you to obtain a permit or reservation prior to your visit. Information and applications are available by clicking on the links below.

Special Use Permits (SUP)

The Special Use Permit (SUP) authorizes activities that benefit an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. Examples of activities that require a special use permit include (but are not limited to): trips organized by scouting groups, churches, academic institutions, or other non-profits, filming and photography, weddings, and first amendment activities. This requires written authorization and management control in order to protect park resources and the public interest. Permit applications must be submitted three weeks in advance.

Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)

Tour operators who engage in interpretive tours, bicycle tours, motorcycle tours, photography workshops, and certain other commercial services are required to obtain a CUA prior to visiting Capitol Reef National Park.

Fruita Campground

Campsites are reservable from March 1–October 31. Visit www.recreation.gov to make a reservation. Reservations are accepted 6 months ahead of time. From November 1–February 28, all campsites are first come, first served.

Group Campsite

The Group Campsite is reservable through www.recreation.gov from mid-April to mid-October. Reservations are accepted 12-months ahead of time.

Backcountry Permits

A backcountry permit is required for backpacking in Capitol Reef National Park. The permit is free and can be obtained in person at the visitor center during normal business hours. Backcountry permits cannot be obtained via email.

Canyoneering Permits

All canyoneering groups are required to obtain a free day-use permit in person at the visitor center, or online via email. Please review all rules and regulations prior to filling out or requesting a permit. Visit the Canyoneering page for detailed permit information.

Rock Climbing and Bouldering Permits

All climbing and bouldering groups are required to obtain a free day-use permit in person at the visitor center, or online via email. Please review all rules and regulations prior to filling out or requesting a permit. Visit the Rock Climbing and Bouldering page for detailed permit information.

Research Permits

If you would like to perform scientific research in the park, you can submit an application for a research permit through the National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System.

Last updated: June 22, 2022

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Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey , UT 84775

Phone:

435-425-3791
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