Capitol Reef National Park , Capitol Reef National Park

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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  • I think I rode through the entirety of Capitol Reef with my mouth hanging open in awe. It is breathtaking. It's one of my favorite national parks--especially because it was quieter and less touristy t...  more »
  • Driving into Capitol Reef on UT Route 24 East to West was awesome. The views keep coming up on you & there are numerous pull outs where you can get out of your car and just soak in the amazing natural...  more »
  • Unfortunately we visited in speed but once regretted not taking a little more time to this magnificent park with beautiful colors and fascinating rock formations! check it out!
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  • This is a great little park. The visitor's center is very nice, with a gift shop, informative maps (and rangers), geological information, and a little theater for videos about the park. A short drive further into the park will take you to a wall with petroglyphs. They can be difficult to spot, but if you keep your eyes open and take some time, you'll see quite a lot. There are two spots that have information boards on little observation decks, but between the two decks there are many more carvings. These don't have dark mineral deposits like at Newspaper Rock, so you have to keep your eyes peeled. Some of three individual carvings are quite large.
  • Great place to go and hike take photos. Check out the hieroglyphs. They have nice picnic area by visitor center. They offer park ranger talks.
  • The most stunning national park you've never heard of! You definitely have to go out of your way to get here, but it's worth it!
  • Very nice visitor center. The rangers were helpful and the little gift shop is nice.
  • Can't wait to go back in August!

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Where to stay in Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park does not offer lodging beyond its campground, so many visitors opt to stay in the town of Torrey just to the west along Route 24. Economy motels, some of which are part of national chains and others of which are locally owned, dominate the list of options, but a few inns and bed and breakfasts are available too. Torrey has a couple of dining establishments, adding to the convenience of staying here. You'll also find a few motels between the town and the park entrance.
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