Go Have An Adventure
Located in south central Utah, the area known as Capitol Reef is part of the heart of red rock country. A National Park, Capitol Reef was designated part of the National Park system in 1937. The history of the area dates back however hundreds of years with the original inhabitants of the area. Known as the Fremont Culture, these people gradually faded away and were replaced later by Mormon Pioneers. Inhabiting an area within the park now named Fruita, visitors can still see some evidence of these people in the area.
As a well developed natural area, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of programs, activities and events throughout the more popular travel months from May to November. Programs include the Harvest Homecoming, demonstrations and other events can also be found throughout the summer in the area. If you plan on exploring on your own, there is also plenty to do and see including:
- Scenic drives
- Hiking and backpacking
- Rock Climbing
- Horseback riding
Be sure you know the rules for your safety before you travel and make sure that you understand what to expect. Always check the weather as it can be unpredictable most especially in the Spring.
This is a very sensitive area for historical and natural reasons making it important that you, as a visitor to the area, are aware of the rules regarding your visit.
You must remain on roads and trails when driving or riding and atv use is directly prohibited within the park.
You need to get a backcountry use permit for overnight parking. This is for your safety.
You may not gather or collect any wood, animals, plants, rocks or artifacts.
No pets are allowed in backcountry areas.
Open year round, the temperatures in the area make it easy to see why many of the almost 700,000 visitors each year do not usually choose the heat of summer for a visit.