Welcome to Capitol Reef National Park. Capitol Reef National Park splashes color for 75 miles from its northern to southern boundaries. The Waterpocket Fold (right), a bulging uplift of rainbow-hued sandstone, creates Capitol Reef National Park’s “reefs” and canyons.
Most of Capitol Reef is an inviting wilderness of sandstone formations. These formations in Capitol Reef National Park include Capitol Dome, Hickman Bridge, and those in splendid Cathedral Valley. In the midst of Capitol Reef’s red rocks and ancient petroglyph panels are large orchards-where fruit may be picked in season in the remnants of Fruita, an early pioneer settlement.
The visitor center is open year-round. Several easy hiking trails and a 25-mile scenic drive lead from its vicinity. Cathedral Valley and other backcountry areas are reached by traveling on high-clearance dirt roads. Capitol Reef National Park is 11 miles east of Torrey or 3 miles west of Hanksville on Hwy 24. To learn more about Capitol Reef National Park be sure to get a Grand Circle Travel Packet!