Capitol Reef National Park , Capitol Reef National Park

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Admire the colorful rock arches and the vast canyon at Capitol Reef National Park . The park is part of the Waterpocket Fold, a rare warp in the earth's crust that formed millions of years ago. This warp created the tall, white, sandstone domes that you'll see. Admire the rock art of ancient people in the Capitol Gorge. Explore the park on hiking trails or the gravel roads, keeping an eye out for remnants of early settlers' log cabins. Enjoy fruit from the trees first cultivated by Mormon planters. Begin your day at the visitor center, where you can pay admission and a fee to harvest fruit and purchase a backcountry pass. You can also reserve a campsite here. Add Capitol Reef National Park to your Capitol Reef National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Capitol Reef National Park trip itinerary site.
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  • This was the least busy of the parks we visited in Utah, but it deserves to be visited more! They have some wonderful trails and scenic drives and great historic sites. I wish I would have planned.....  more
    This was the least busy of the parks we visited in Utah, but it deserves to be visited more! They have some wonderful trails and scenic drives and great historic sites. I wish I would have planned.....  more »
  • Just to the northeast of more popular parks Bryce and Zion, Capitol Reef National Park also deserves your attention. It is probably less crowded than other parks but has a spectacular scenic drive... 
    Just to the northeast of more popular parks Bryce and Zion, Capitol Reef National Park also deserves your attention. It is probably less crowded than other parks but has a spectacular scenic drive...  more »
  • Went here in addition to Bryce and Zion. Was much less crowded than those two but no less spectacular. Did several hikes; Grand Wash, Hickman Bridge, Cassidy's Arch, Golden Throne, Chimney Rock... 
    Went here in addition to Bryce and Zion. Was much less crowded than those two but no less spectacular. Did several hikes; Grand Wash, Hickman Bridge, Cassidy's Arch, Golden Throne, Chimney Rock...  more »
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  • We hit Utah's big 5 national park and we loved this park! Not crowded and plenty of incredible views and hikes! If you are in a 4x4 go to the end of the main road and take the Pleasant Creek Rd as far as you want. If in a car or 4x4 drive down the other road that's at the end of the main road. It's a narrow canyon that's like hiking but you're in your car! Very cool!
  • This National Park is gorgeous. I think it is the hidden gem of the 5 national parks in Utah. See the petroglyphs, they are absolutely amazing. The Grand Wash Basin hike was a lot of fun. Be sure to stop and have a picnic, they have one of the most relaxing areas I have ever been too.
  • Beautiful National Park with a very nicely maintained 20 mile scenic drive. Lots of turn-outs for awesome views and picture taking. Interesting geology and history throughout. Be sure to stop at the Gifford House Museum and grab some homemade cinnamon roles, strawberry-rhubarb pie and ice cream!
  • I feel this is an underrated park when compared to the other parks in Utah, this place is wonderful with a quaint charm. There are little cabins, horses, cows and educational teachings for families. The drive through the canyon gorge was so stunning (definitely recommend an suv as it can get a bit bumpy). We got some epic photos and had such a blast. There is a visitor center with restrooms and a nice little gift shop as well. This is a great family place. It only took us about an hour and a half to do the drive around the park.
  • Capitol Reef has some very impressive sights. Makes you feel extremely small in the big scheme of the world! This was not as well developed as I expected. The visitor center was not big enough or designed handle the crowds Inside or the parking outside. We took the scenic drive recommended to us by the rangers Inside the center... and it did not disappoint! Entry is on the honor system for payment, however, again, as seen in the other big 5 parks, there wasn't any rangers or enforcement for anything....including, payment, speeding, parking/driving in posted areas, etc... we have an annual pass for all national parks. The scenic drive is all paved, about 15 miles one way...however, the grand wash gravel road into the canyons was closed to vehicles due to flooding (dang!). We were able to drive the jeep up the pleasant creek road for several miles, very little or no traffic...drove until we came to a really rough non maintained creek crossing and restroom turnaround, got some pics and headed back. This area is recommended, beautiful and could be dangerous in the wrong weather....come see nature's beauty!

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