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Visiting Capitol Reef National Park

Planning a trip to Capitol Reef National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park Basics

Region: Intermountain / Rocky Mountains / Southwest / West Coast

Park Size: 241,904 acres (377.96 sq miles) (978.95 sq km)

Location: Wayne, Garfield, Sevier, and Emery Counties

Closest Cities: Torrey, Utah

Busy Season: May to October

Visitation: 1,226,519 (in 2019)

How much does Capitol Reef National Park Cost?

Capitol Reef National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $20
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $15
  • 7-day Individual Pass – $10

An annual Capitol Reef National Park Pass costs $55. It is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $25 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Capitol Reef National Park Open?

Capitol Reef National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Capitol Reef National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Capitol Reef National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on trails. Please review the Capitol Reef Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Arches.

Where are Capitol Reef National Park’s visitor centers?

Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Ripple Rock Nature Center – Open Summer

Gifford House Store and Museum – Open March to October

Land Acknowledgment

The park now known as Capitol Reef National Parks is on Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Southern Paiute and Pueblos land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

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