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Capitol Reef N.P.
Travel Planning
Capitol Reef N.P.

Capitol Reef National Park at a Glance

Capitol Reef National Park is a remote land of red rocks and the Waterpocket Fold. Here a wrinkle in the earth's surface is visible for nearly 100 miles.

Visitors to Capitol Reef find themselves far from civilization. This part of the country did not get paved roads until the 1960s. While you're in the park you can enjoy visiting the historic Mormon village of Fruita. Fruita was so named because its long growing season and available water meant that growing peach, cherry, apricot and apple trees was possible. Visitors can explore the historic buildings and pick fruit from the 22 orchards. 

Capitol Reef is a country for long drives through scenic red rocks and spectacular canyons, buttes, folds and domes. Stop often for scenic pull-outs. Hikers, bikers, and rock climbers will find an abundance of places to explore and remote views to uncover. 

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport McCarran International Airport
      • Major Airport Salt Lake City International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

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      Distance from Unknown Location
      7,360 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      134 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Thunderstorms and flash floods may occur during the summer so it's important to find a safe place to weather the storm. Avoid narrow canyons or gullies to protect yourself from flash floods. 

      Safety Concerns Visitors will be hiking or walking around steep cliffs and crumbling rock. It's important to follow all warning signs to avoid falling or knocking rocks down on other people. 

      Health Concerns The Park Service recommends one gallon of water per person per day. It's important to carry this water with you since you'll need to travel through remote areas. Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all threats to travelers, but can be avoided by drinking plenty of water, avoiding exertion during the warmest part of the day, wearing cool clothing and staying in the shade when possible.