Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park Information

Location Wayne, Garfield, Sevier, and Emery counties, Utah, USA
Nearest City Torrey Nearest city: Torrey
Coordinates 38°12′0″N 111°10′0″W
Area 241,904.26 acres (978.9518 km2)
241,233.87 acres (976.24 km2) federal
Established December 18, 1971 Established: December 18, 1971
Visitors 617,208 (in 2009)
Governing Body National Park Service

Capitol Reef National Park Operating Hours & Seasons

  • Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Memorial Day through June 30, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays

Capitol Reef National Park Fees & Reservations

Ticket Type Ticket Price
Individuals $3.00 (Good for 7 days)
Vehicles $5.00 (Good for 7 days)
Commercial Tours (26 seats or greater) $100.00
Commercial Tours (7 - 25 seats) $40.00
Commercial Tours (1 - 6 seats) $30.00
Camping Fees $10 per night

Entrance Fees are Charged March Through October

Private Non-commercial Vehicle $ 10.00 (Seven Day Pass)
Individual Entry $ 4.00 (Seven Day Pass)
Individual Entry (bike, foot) $ 2.00 (Seven Day Pass)
Gold Access Passport (Blind or permanently disabled individuals) Free (Lifetime - good in all national parks)
Golden Age Passport (one time fee - for those 62+ years young) $ 10.00 (Lifetime - good in all national parks)
Golden Eagle Passport (good one year from date of purchase) $ 50.00 (good in all national parks)

 

Motion Pictures / Videos
1-2 people camera and tripod only zero
1-10 people $150/day
11-30 people $250/day
31-49 people $500/day
Over 50 people $750/day

 

Commercial Still Photography
1-10 people $50/day
11-30 people $150/day
Over 30 people $250/day

Capitol Reef National Park Trail Guide

Capitol Reef National Park Hiking Trails

Trails Miles* Elevation Change
Capitol Gorge 1 ¼ < 50 ft
Goosenecks 1/10 < 50 ft
Grand Wash 2 ¼ < 50 ft
Fremont River 1 ¼ 770 ft
Sunset Point 1/3 < 50 ft
Cohab Canyon 1 ¾ 400 ft
Hickman Bridge 1 400 ft
Cassidy Arch 1 ¾ 1,150 ft
Chimney Rock 3 ½* 600 ft
Fremont Gorge Overlook 2 ¼ 1,000 ft
Frying Pan 3 1,000 ft
Golden Throne 2 1,100 ft
Navajo Knobs 4 ½ 1,600+ ft
Old Wagon Trail 3 ½* 1,100 ft
Rim Overlook 2 ¼ 1,580 ft

Hiking Capitol Reef National Park

  • Brimhall Natural Bridge
  • Burro Wash
  • Capitol Gorge
  • Cassidy Arch Trail
  • Chimney Rock
  • Cohab Canyon
  • Cottonwood Wash
  • Frying Pan Trail
  • Golden Throne Trail
  • Grand Wash
  • Halls Creek Narrows
  • Headquarters Canyon
  • Hickman Bridge
  • Lower Muley Twist Canyon
  • Rim Overlook and the Navajo Knobs
  • Sheets Gulch
  • Sulphur Creek
  • Surprise Canyon

Capitol Reef National Park Bicycle Tours

Route Rating Length
SCENIC DRIVE Easy to moderate with some hills. 1 to 25 miles.
CATHEDRAL VALLEY LOOP Strenuous with some steep sections 60+ miles
SOUTH DRAW ROAD Strenuous with very steep hills. 52 miles
BOULDER MOUNTAIN Very Strenuous with steep climbs. 80 to 125 miles

Capitol Reef National Park Camping

Capitol Reef National Park Campgrounds

Campground Open Sites Dump Station Laundry Showers Groceries Service Station Fee
Fruita All Year 70 Yes 12 mi 12 mi 12 mi 12 mi $ 10.00
Cathedral Valley All Year * 5 No No No No No None
Cedar Mesa All Year * 5 No No No No No None

Capitol Reef National Park Weather Averages

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
High - °F 39.0 46.0 56.0 66.0 75.0 86.0 91.0 88.0 80.0 67.0 51.0 40.0 65.0
Low - °F 17.0 24.0 31.0 38.0 47.0 56.0 62.0 61.0 53.0 43.0 29.0 20.0 40.0
Avg Precip (in) 0.47 0.40 0.59 0.48 0.73 0.43 0.92 1.16 0.65 0.64 0.52 0.31 7.30
Chance of Snow - % 97 62 71 37 3 0 0 0 0 13 50 90