Capitol Reef was named for the sheer cliff “reef” that runs along the 100-mile long area. The site is actually a geologic monocline, a wrinkle in the earth’s crust, and is known as the Waterpocket Fold. Domes, bridges, cliffs, canyons, and pre-European rock art dot this iconic red rock country. Recreation is abundant and diverse enough for all visitors to enjoy the spectacular natural wonders

The Park’s Visitor Center is located in an oasis enjoyed for millennia – pre-European rock art and early settlers’ orchards grace the area. Scenic driving, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and horseback riding allowed in the park.

Key Attractions:

  • Fremont rockart from as early as 500 CE

  • Mormon Pioneer homesteads and fruit orchards (Fruita, UT), settled in the 1800’s

  • Fishing on the Fremont River

  • The Fruita Schoolhouse - a restored historic schoolhouse

  • Hiking and scenic overlooks, such as Hickman Bridge, Saddle Arch, and Cottonwood Wash (a slot canyon which takes hikers through the river)

Location:

  • South-central Utah

  • 3.5 hours/320 miles northeast of St. George; 1.5 hours/90 miles east of Junction, UT

Nearby Attractions:

  • Capitol Reef National Park lies in between the other four Utah National Parks, with Canyonlands and Arches to the east, and Bryce Canyon and Zion to the west

  • Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

  • Glen Canyon/ Lake Powell

  • Boulder Mnt

Itineraries that include Capitol Reef National Park

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