An area formerly referred to as "Wayne Wonderland," Capitol Reef National Park encompasses 254,368 acres of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, plateaus and monoliths and protects the gorgeous Waterpocket Fold District.
Exstending 378 square miles from Thousand Lake Plateau South to the Lake Powell area, Capitol Reef National Park protects a ruggedly beautiful landscape and offers plenty of opportunity for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. Take a ranger guided tour, harvest fruit in the orchards, or enjoy the views from your car as you coast along the scenic drive.
What can I see and do at Capitol Reef National Park?
- Cathedral Valley
Cathedral Valley is a remote and incredibly scenic backcountry area filled with cathedral like monoliths like Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Moon, and The Wall of Jerricho.
- Waterpocket Fold District
The 125 mile loop around the Waterpocket Fold District provides access to the Southern section of the park. Backpack to Halls Creek, drive down to Bullfrog Marina on the shores of Lake Powell, hike to the Brimball Natural Bride, or check out the high box canyon walls of the Red Canyon.
- Historic Fruita
Established in 1880 and formerly known as "Junction" Historic Fruita is a part of the National Historic Registry. Visit the Fruita Schoolhouse, learn about homesteading habits at Gifford Farm, or help harvest fruits and nuts from the 2,700 trees in the Fruita Orchard.
How much does it cost to visit Capitol Reef?
There is no fee to enter the park, unless you choose to drive along the Scenic Drive $5/car.
What if I have more questions?
Contact the Visitor's Center at 435-425-3791.