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Ranger in flat hat, holding photos and diagrams up in front of audience of three people, with a background of colorful rock layers and formations.
Rangers give daily geology talks.

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Park staff offer a variety of interpretive programs daily, spring through fall. Program types, times, and locations vary throughout the year and are subject to last-minute changes due to weather or other factors. See the calendar, or check at the Capitol Reef Visitor Center upon arrival for more details.

Year-round Programs

  • Geology Talk
    Discover the geologic story of Capitol Reef; 30 minutes. Daily. Check the
    calendar for time and location.
  • Junior Ranger Program
    Request a Junior Ranger activity book at the visitor center, and complete the activities to learn about the park and earn a badge.

    The Junior Ranger Booklet is also available in thirteen additional languages. Please ask at the visitor center or email the park for one of the following text-only translations: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

Regular Programs (late-May to October)

Check at the visitor center or campground bulletin boards for locations, topics, and times.

  • Geology Talk - daily
    Discover the geologic story of Capitol Reef; 30 minutes.
  • Evening Program - daily near sunset
    Topics and start times vary, check at the visitor center or campground bulletin boards for details. Meet at the Fruita Campground amphitheater; 1 hour.
Man wearing tan uniform faces three people on a trail, with large rock cliffs in background.
Scientist-in-Park interns often provide guided geology hikes during the summer. Check at the visitor center for schedule.

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Special Programs (late June to October)

These programs are offered as staffing allows. See the visitor center or campground bulletin boards for details.

  • Guided Hike
    Locations vary; check at the visitor center for schedules and meeting points; 1.5 hours.
  • Ranger's Choice
    Learn about a variety of topics related to Capitol Reef. Meet at the campground amphitheater; 30 minutes.
  • Star Talk
    Tour the night sky at this International Dark Sky Park. Meet at the Gifford House. Typically offered near the new moon. Check bulletin boards or at the visitor center for dates; 30 minutes.
  • Full Moon Walk
    Enjoy a moonlit, guided walk. Typically offered in the days leading up to the full moon. Check bulletin boards or the visitor center for dates and meeting locations; 1.5 hours.
  • Annual Heritage Starfest
    Annual weekend event, usually scheduled near a new moon in September or early October. Activities often include guest speakers, stargazing, and telescope viewing. See the calendar for more details.

Ripple Rock Nature Center (May to August)

Ripple Rock Nature Center is located between the visitor center and campground, on the Scenic Drive. Park at the Blacksmith Shop across the street. The building is closed, but kid-oriented programs are offered outside on the porch. These programs are geared towards families and children, but all are welcome. Program schedules are posted at the visitor center and in campground bulletin boards.

  • Junior Geologist
    Explore the amazing geology of Capitol Reef at this interactive program; 30 minutes.

Last updated: January 5, 2022

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