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Capitol Reef National Park

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ID 11607

Capitol Reef National Park is a somewhat hidden gem in Utah’s south-central desert. It surrounds a long wrinkle in the earth known as the Waterpocket Fold, with layers of golden sandstone, canyons and striking rock formations. Among the park’s sights are the Chimney Rock pillar, the Hickman Bridge arch, and Capitol Reef, known for its white sandstone domes. In the north are the towering monoliths of Cathedral Valley. Capitol Reef is home to camping, hiking, and a preserved mid-1800s homestead, including a fruit orchard. In the spring and summer, park goers can purchase fruit pies made from the orchard.

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City Fruita
State Utah
Latitude 0.0000000000
Longitude 0.0000000000
Trails Capitol Gorge Trail
Map Zoom Level 12
Trail Area Features
Ambassador 1529
Driving Directions

From the north: From southbound I-15, take exit 188 for US-50 toward Scipio. Turn left onto US-50, then a right onto State St to stay on US-50. Turn right onto UT-260 South. Then make a right onto UT-24 East.Make a slight left onto State St to stay on UT-24. Once you get into the city of Torrey, follow signs to the park entrance.

From the south: From northbound I-15, take exit 95 for UT-20 toward US-89 Panguitch/Circleville. Turn right onto UT-20 east. Turn left onto US-89 north. Turn right onto UT-62. Make a left to stay on UT-62 east. In the town of Koosharem, turn right onto Browns Ln, then another right turn onto UT-24 east. Once you get into the city of Torrey, follow signs to the park entrance.

Area Highlights Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing
Area Highlight Notes
Cell Service
Water Fountains No
Emergency Support No
Rangers Yes
Stroller Friendly No
Parking Lot
ADA Accessible No
Pet Friendly No
Zero-Landfill Park No
Nearby Convenience Store No
Daily Fee $15.00
Calendar Venue ID
Is there a fee? Yes
Fee Notes

There is a fee for visitors who venture beyond the Fruita Campground and onto the Scenic Drive. It’s $7 for an individual on foot or bicycle or $15 per car.