National Parks

Capitol Reef National Park

Torrey, UT

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Address: 52 West Headquarters Drive, Torrey UT 84775 Number: 435 425-3791 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Here's a fun fact for you kids. There is a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust called The Waterpocket Fold. This extends from the nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell).

Well, Capitol Reef National Park was actually established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the unique natural and cultural history found in the area. And YOU can explore it!

Throughout the park there are a host of fun things to do with the family. 

With nearly all of the 243,000 acres open for exploration, you have your work cut out for you! There are nearly 200 miles of marked trails and backcountry routes, and plenty of opportunities for scenic driving tours, as well as rock climbing, horseback riding and biking!

The trails and routes range from easy, short walks to 3 full day backpacking trips. There really is something for everyone!

From Spring to Fall you can attend the FREE ranger programs, which include talks, evening programs at the campground as well as the occasional astronomy program. 

Kids can learn even MORE about the park if they join the Junior Ranger program. They just need to grab a booklet at the visitor center, and keep an eye out for the additional kids activities during the summer season.

There are historic structures like the restored Fruita Schoolhouse just east of the visitor center.  The Merlin-Smith Implement Shed also offers a recorded message about life in a Mormon pioneer community!

Let's not forget about the Gifford House Store & Museum where you can see a typical lifestyle in an early 1900s Utah farm-house!

Are you ready to explore this beautiful Utah national park? Great! Grab that sense of adventure, pack those hiking boots and picnic, because we're off to explore the Capitol Reef National Park!

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How much does it cost?



$15 for private vehicle. $7 pedestrians & cyclists


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Enjoy the park's pristine night sky with stargazing. Night sky charts are available at the visitor center.

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You can spend some time picking fruit when it's in season!

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A picnic area near the visitor center provides tables, fire grills, restrooms, drinking water and shade trees.

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Where is it at?


Traveling westbound on Interstate 70: Take Utah State Highway 24 west towards Hanksville (exit 149). Stay on Highway 24 for 95 miles to reach the park Visitor Center. Traveling on Interstate 15: Take US Highway 50 east at Scipio (exit 188) towards Salina for 30 miles. At the junction with Utah State Highway 89/259, turn right (south) and travel 8 miles. Turn left (east) onto Utah State Highway 24 towards Sigurd. Continue on Highway 24 for 82 miles to reach the park Visitor Center.

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Visitors of Capitol Reef will find a wide range of habitat types that support diverse plant and animal life. Give them a call to chat about students headin out there!

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Handmade sales items are available including daily fresh baked pie at Gifford House!

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When can we go?

Park always open. Visitor Center & Gifford House open 8am - 4:30pm daily (except major holidays).

Park open year round. Gifford House open Mar 14 to Oct 31.

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