Whether you have a couple hours or multiple days, Capitol Reef is full of opportunities to recreate. The park has something to offer to all visitors. Below are some ideas to get started and suggested itineraries.
Explore Capitol Reef by vehicle.
With one developed campground, two primitive campgrounds, and vast backcountry options, there are many places to stay the night in the park.
Hiking Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef is a hiker's dream. Learn more about the trails and routes.
Most of the park's 243,921 acres is open for exploration. Try hiking, wildlife-viewing, horseback riding, or rock climbing.
Join a ranger to discover more about the natural and cultural wonders of Capitol Reef.
Whether you have half a day or more, spend your time exploring the Fruita area by car or on foot.
Experience the less-visited, southern part of Capitol Reef, where the dramatic angle of the Waterpocket Fold is on display.
Cathedral Valley District
The remote and rugged northern part of Capitol Reef offers adventurous visitors solitude and spectacular views.
Capitol Reef offers activities for people of all ages. Check out these ideas!
Historic orchards contain about 2,000 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond, and walnut.
Where can you take your pet in Capitol Reef National Park?
Maps & Brochures
Plan your visit with maps and information about Capitol Reef.
The Capitol Reef Natural History Association operates the bookstore in the Capitol Reef Visitor Center.
Find out what permits you need for special activities, like canyoneering, rock climbing, commercial tours, and others.
Suggested ItinerariesBelow are some suggested ways to spend your time. If you have:
One or Two Hours:
Nearby Parks and Monuments
Public Lands within 5 hours drive of Capitol Reef:
Anasazi State Park Museum (~1 hour drive)
Last updated: December 23, 2022