Utah National Parks Capital Reef

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Other Nat'l Parks
» Arches National Park
» Bryce Canyon National Park
» Canyonlands National Park
» Zion National Park

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Red Cliffs Lodge

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National ParkCapitol Reef National Park has long been labeled one of Utah's best-kept secrets. It is just as scenic as our more famous parks but is delightfully less developed with fewer annual visitors.

Capitol Reef offers spectacular experiences for all types of travelers. History buffs can enjoy both the easily accessible ancient Indian rock art or tour the pioneer orchards and Gifford House of the Historic Fruita District. Enjoying the fruit in the orchards while observing the free roaming deer at play is also great fun. Capitol Reef's Ripple Rock Center provides interesting activities for children and the Park Service presents guided tours and nightly informative presentations.

The Waterpocket Fold is a one hundred mile long geologic reef or monocline, from which Capitol Reef National Park received its name. It is a jumble of many different types of sandstone forming folds, crevices, arches and bridges. This wrinkle in the earth's crust forms a myriad of slot canyons for those who love to hike them, high Navajo sandstone domes with huge red rock cliffs for viewing and amazing photo opportunities.

Cathedral Valley on the North and the Burr Trail on the south end of Capitol Reef provide access to areas previously available only by four wheel vehicles. Hike, bike, backpack or drive - Capitol Reef National Park provides something for everyone!

At Capitol Reef there is a visitor center with a $5 voluntary entry fee. A 71 site developed campground with restrooms, water and an RV dump is nestled within the Fruita District orchards. Also, there are two primitive campgrounds elsewhere within Capitol Reef. No other services are available in the park. Excellent lodging, restaurants, galleries and other amenities can be found in the near by communities.

Capitol Reef - Sometimes incorrectly spelled Capital Reef