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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure tucked away in south-central Utah.

Filled with canyons and cliffs, the park’s location in the Waterpocket Fold has made it one of the state’s most scenic destinations.

Capitol Reef National Park, Hikes, Camping, Things To Do & Map, Utah

The park’s name, capitol, was inspired by the white domes of the Navajo Sandstone whose unique structures look like the capitol building framework. The reef, on the other hand, is for the rocky crags that make up the park’s natural landscape.

The park’s region has a rich cultural history as it was home to hunters and gatherers who moved across the canyons. The presence of pictographs tells the stories of ancient settlers who arrived in the early 19th century and made a home at what is today known as the Fruita Rural Historic District. Visitors can immerse themselves in the park’s history at the Fruita Schoolhouse.

There are many outdoor activities to enjoy at Capitol Reef National Park. Most of the park is open for visitors who would like to explore on foot. With hundreds of miles of trails and backcountry routes, there are many ways to enjoy the wild outdoors. Hiking allows avid nature lovers to indulge in an array of activities, from relaxed daytime strolls to lengthy backpacking trips.

Adventure seekers will enjoy rock climbing, while family-friendly activities include biking, horse riding, and self-drive tours. Self-drive tours include the paved Scenic Drive, which is loved for its panoramic views, as well as loop drives on the unpaved routes across the Waterpocket and Cathedral Districts.

Children are not forgotten as Capitol Reef National Park runs the Junior Ranger Program to help the little ones learn more about the park. Additionally, ‘For Kids’ runs other activities during summer to keep children occupied.

Accommodation options close to the park include the Capitol Reef Resort, the Rockin’ R Ranch, as well as the Broken Spur Inn. The park is also accessible from the Grand Junction Regional Airport, and Salt Lake City International Airport.

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