Approximately 706,000, primarily between April
and October. Visitation is the highest April through
June, September and October; lowest in January.
Capitol Reef National Park
HC 70 Box 15
Torrey, Utah 84775
HOURS AND SEASONS: The park and campgrounds
are open year round. The Visitor Center is open daily
(except Christmas Day) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with
extended hours during the summer season.
Summer tempertures often climb into the upper 90s (F),
but nights cool down into the 50s (F) and 60s (F). The
thunderstorm season from July through September brings
cloudbursts, flash floods and lightning. Spring and
fall are milder with highs generally in the 50s (F)
and 60s (F). Daytime winter highs average less than
50 (F). Snowfall is usually light, especially at lower
elevations. Humidity is low all year.
Capitol Reef National Park has an arid climate with
precipitation averaging just 7.2 inches annually at
the park Visitor Center weather station.
The park is located in south-central Utah. From Green
River, Utah, take Hwy 24 west through Hanksville; from
Richfield, take Hwy 24 east through the communities
of Loa, Lyman, Bicknell and Torrey.
To Park: by personal vehicle or tour bus
via Utah Hwy 24. Nearest commercial airports in Grand
Junction, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah.
In Park: Personal vehicle,
The fee for entering the Scenic Drive is $5. There is
no charge for the Scenic Drive for holders of Golden
Eagle, Golden Age or Golden Access passes. Campsites
in the 70 site Fruita Campground are $10 per night and
are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The
Group Campground, on a reservation basis, is $3 per
person per night with a minimum charge of $50.
AND OPPORTUNITIES: There
are no lodging facilities in the park.
ACTIVITIES/PARK USE: The park is always open,
but Visitor Center hours vary with the season. Activities
include: Auto tours, interpretive exhibits and programs,
picnicking, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking on
established roads, and rock climbing.
/ PERMITS: We
take reservations for our group campground ONLY. Backcountry
hiking permits are required for overnight stays in areas
outside park campgrounds, and are free. These can be
obtained at the park visitor center.
Drive along the western edge of the Waterpocket
Hike to Hickman Bridge.
See the Petroglyphs.
Walk through the Historic Orchards of Fruita
and pick fruit.
Visit the Historic Gifford Farmhouse.
EVENTS / PROGRAMS:
Center Exhibits: Located at Utah Hwy 24,
the visitor center museum offers an overview of park
features and includes exhibits on geology, archeology,
and history as well as a short orientation slide program.
A variety of brochures, books, and maps are available
for sale. Rangers are on duty to answer questions and
provide information including travel and trail information,
road conditions and weather updates.
Trails, Roadways: The park
is a haven for backcountry hiking. Many trails are available
for people of all abilities and time constraints. Capitol
Reef also has a number of scenic roadways, many of them
unpaved, that can be taken to all corners of the park.
Please contact the Visitor Center to ask about specific
trails and/or roads.
Programs, Activities: Summer
walks, talks, and evening campfire programs. Kids, become
a Junior Ranger or explore the park with a Family Fun
Lodging and Camping Facilities:
The Fruita Campground contains 70 sites; 7 sites are
for tents only. The remaining sites can accommodate
RVs, but there are no hookups. There are also two primitive
campgrounds, each with pit toilets, fire grates, and
picnic tables (no water).
Although there are no lodging facilities in the park,
there are surrounding cities with everything from lodging,
private campgrounds with RV hookups, restaurants, and
tour outfitters, to local attractions and events.
Food and Supplies: None
inside the park. Convenience marts and grocery stores
are located in Torrey, Bicknell, and Loa, west of the
Visitor Center on Utah Hwy 24.
Harvest Homecoming: Held
on a Friday in mid to late September, Harvest Homecoming
celebrates the pioneer legacy and fruit harvest of Capitol
Reef. Watch as traditional craftspeople demonstrate
skills ranging from soapmaking to tinsmithing. Learn
about Native American culture or hear stories of the
Mormon pioneer settlement. Reenact a day in the life
of a student at the Fruita schoolhouse. Come celebrate
the crafts, skills and talents of turn of the century
pioneers whose isolation required self-reliance and
self-sufficiency. Contact the Visitor Center for the
date and events schedule of Harvest Homecoming.
Visitor Safety: Capitol
Reef is subject to flash flooding from late June through
early October. Flash floods can leave you stranded in
a canyon or on a backcountry road. Please check with
the park's automated phone system at 435-425-3791 for
recorded messages on up-to-date weather and road conditions
before you embark to the backcountry.