Capitol Reef National Park Rules & Regulations

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Rules & Regulations

In order to protect the fragile environment of Capitol Reef National Park and to ensure the safety of all of the visitors, the National Park Service has instituted specific rules and regulations. Always check with the Park Rangers for the current park regulations and safety guidelines. The most important safety note is to carry at least one gallon of water per person per day in the summer. It is important to note that there are very few reliable water sources outside the Fruita area. Read More

When visiting Capitol Reef National Park, it is your responsibility to know and obey all the Park rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are in place to protect you and the natural, cultural and historical resources of the park.

• Hunting, trapping or the use of firearms is prohibited.
• All vehicles including bicycles must stay on maintained roads or in designated parking areas.
• ATV use is prohibited within the park unless such vehicles are equipped and licensed for highway use.
• Car camping is allowed only in designated campsites.
• Backcountry camping is prohibited within one-half mile or within sight and sound of maintained roads and trails.
• A free backcountry use permit is required for all overnight-backpacking trips.
• Parties using the park's backcountry areas for overnight camping are limited in size to no more than twelve (12) persons.
• Wood gathering is prohibited in the park.
• Fires are allowed only in designated receptacles provided by the park.
• Fuel burning stoves must be used in the backcountry.
• Pets are not allowed on trails or in backcountry areas. In developed areas, they must be kept on a leash at all times.
• Use extreme care not to destroy or remove any native animals, plants, rock samples, or cultural artifacts.

Through the managed use of our National Parks, including Capitol Reef National Park, these unique and beautiful places will be sustained for the enjoyment of future generations.