Capitol Reef – Arches, Canyons, and Ancient History!
Open all year, the rugged western landscape of Capitol Reef adds to the western adventure. Capitol Reef is accessible via Scenic Byway 12 and U-24, or take the Burr Trail from Boulder. Drive the Park’s scenic drive, stop in at the Visitor Center and Museum, hike the trails, and visit the old log schoolhouse and the village of Fruita.
The Waterpocket Fold
A 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth’s crust known to geologists as amonocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National Park was established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the historical and cultural history that abounds in the area.
Capitol Reef Visitor Center
Open all year 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. (extended summer hours). Phone – 435-425-3791 ext. 111
The Visitor Center is located 10 miles east of the town of Torrey, Utah or 37 miles west of the town of Hanksville, Utah on Utah Highway 24.
Closed Christmas Day.
A variety of brochures, books, and maps are available for sale. Rangers are on duty to answer questions and provide information including travel and trail information, road conditions and weather updates.
Restrooms available 24 hours a day.