Family in front of Capitol Reef National Park entrance sign

Plan Your Capitol Reef National Park Trip (with 1-3 day itineraries)

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Capitol Reef National Park, often overshadowed by its flashier cousins Zion and Bryce Canyon, is a secret waiting to be explored. This post will explore how to plan your Capitol Reef National Park trip.

Capitol Reef offers a quieter escape, perfect for those seeking (some) solitude amidst dramatic landscapes. The park’s centerpiece is the Waterpocket Fold, a nearly 100-mile-long wrinkle in the Earth’s crust that has created a landscape of colorful cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges. Here, time and geologic forces have sculpted a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts and geology buffs alike.

Red rocks and fog at Capitol Reef National Park

Visitors can hike scenic trails with breathtaking vistas, drive along a scenic route for panoramic views, or delve into the park’s rich history at a historic schoolhouse. At night, stargazers are treated to an incredible display thanks to the park’s status as a certified International Dark Sky Park. 

With its diverse offerings and off-the-beaten-path location, Capitol Reef National Park promises an unforgettable adventure.

Here’s how to plan your unforgettable adventure to Capitol Reef:


scenic Capitol Reef trip with sandstone features

When to Go To Capitol Reef National Park

Spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) offer pleasant temperatures ideal for hiking. Summer can be scorching, but if you don’t mind the heat, you’ll be rewarded with fewer crowds. Winter transforms the park into a snowy wonderland, but some roads and facilities may have limited access. 

Capitol Reef National Park’s remote location in Utah translates to a distinct four-season climate, each offering a unique experience for visitors. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect of Capitol Reef National Park weather throughout the year:

Spring (March-May): Spring paints Capitol Reef in vibrant hues as wildflowers bloom. Temperatures are pleasant, ranging from the low 40s F (around 4°C) at night to the mid-70s F (around 24°C) during the day. Occasional rain showers can occur, but the overall climate is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and exploring.

Summer (June-August): Brace yourself for sunshine! Summer is the hottest and driest season in Capitol Reef. Temperatures soar into the high 80s or even low 90s F (around 32-35°C), making midday exploration less ideal. However, this is also the time for the clearest skies for stargazing at night. Be sure to pack plenty of water and sun protection if you visit during this season.

Fall (September-November): Fall brings a welcome respite from the summer heat. Days are comfortably warm in the 70s F (around 21°C), transitioning to crisp nights in the 40s F (around 4°C). Fall foliage paints the landscape in shades of yellow, orange, and red, creating a picturesque scene. There’s a slightly higher chance of rain showers compared to spring, but overall, fall offers pleasant weather for hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

Winter (December-February): Winter transforms Capitol Reef into a wonderland. The park receives occasional snowfall, blanketing the landscape in white and creating a serene atmosphere. Temperatures drop significantly, with lows dipping into the teens F (around -7°C) and highs reaching the 40s F (around 4°C). Some roads and facilities may have limited access due to snow, so be sure to check conditions before you visit. While winter offers a unique perspective of the park, it’s best suited for experienced visitors with proper cold-weather gear.

Anders and I spent two days in early April at Capitol Reef and found it somewhat crowded, but not as crowded as it gets. The weather was cool (highs in the 40sF) but it still felt hot when we were hiking uphill in the sunshine. It did snow lightly one evening.


Getting To and Getting Around Capitol Reef

The park is remote, so having a car is essential. And once you are there, you need a car to get around the park.

The nearest major airports are in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, both a few hours’ drive away. Capitol Reef National Park Scenic Drive, a 24-mile stretch, offers stunning views and access to many park highlights.


Hotels at Capitol Reef National Park

Hotels Near Capitol Reef

Torrey is just outside the western border of Capitol Reef and offers hotels and lodges. This is the best place to stay for Capitol Reef, in my opinion.

Rim Rock Inn

Rock Rim Inn is a hotel close to Capitol Reef National Park

Anders and I stayed at the Rim Rock Inn, which is nice enough, has two restaurants, and is budget-friendly. The beds were comfortable and the rooms were cute. We appreciated the excellent views out our window. The “continental breakfast” was just a bowl of apples and oranges and small pastries, but the tea selection was great! There was coffee, too. Don’t plan to fill up for a day of hiking. It’s a good option for budget-conscious travelers like me who prioritize a no-frills basecamp for exploring the park. See more reviews and the best deals for Rim Rock Inn at Capitol Reef National Park.

Capitol Reef Resort

This resort offers a convenient location right next to the park entrance. Enjoy amenities like a pool, on-site restaurant, and comfortable accommodations, perfect for families or those seeking a full-service experience. In addition to lodge rooms, they offer Capitol Reef glamping in tepees and Conestoga wagons. See more reviews and the best deals for Capitol Reef Resort.

Conestoga wagons for glamping at Capitol Reef National Park

Broken Spur Inn and Steakhouse

Embrace the Wild West charm at this hotel.  Broken Spur Inn boasts a relaxed atmosphere, with an included hot breakfast, a delicious steakhouse (I’ve heard), and an indoor pool. They also have a glamping in Conestoga wagons. See more reviews and the best deals for Broken Spur Inn and Steakhouse at Capitol Reef National Park.

Casitas at Capitol Reef 

If you crave a unique stay, consider the Casitas at Capitol Reef.  These charming casitas offer a more private setting, ideal for couples or those seeking a touch of luxury. Their property is new and very clean. They offer regular hotel rooms and individual tiny houses or cabins. See more reviews and the best deals for Casitas at Capitol Reef National Park.

Skyview Hotel 

This hotel caters to stargazers. Skyview Hotel features a rooftop terrace with stunning night sky views and offers modern, comfortable rooms, perfect for those who want to explore the park during the day and marvel at the stars at night. There are insulated domes with star-gazing windows and the whole place is very modern and cool. This is where I will stay next time! See more reviews and the best deals for Skyview Hotel at Capitol Reef National Park.

SkyRidge Inn

SkyRidge Inn provides a clean and comfortable stay at an affordable price. Guests can enjoy a garden and a games room at Torrey SkyRidge Inn plus the hot tub and hot breakfast. It’s in a quiet, beautiful location and the rooms are spacious and clean. See more reviews and the best deals for SkyRidge Inn at Capitol Reef National Park.

See other lodging options near Capitol Reef National Park. (Be sure to zoom out a bit to see all the Torrey hotels.)

Camping at Capitol Reef

For the most immersive experience, consider camping within the park at the Fruita Campground. Enjoy the tranquility of nature and starry skies, with easy access to hiking trails and scenic viewpoints. 

Be aware that this is the park’s only developed campground and with only 71 spaces, the park has a 100% reservation system from March 1 – October 31. Make your Capitol Reef camp reservations at recreation.gov.

Capitol Reef also offers two free primitive campgrounds in more remote parts of the park.


Layers are a necessity on a Capitol Reef National Park trip

Things to Do in Capitol Reef National Park

There are a lot of things to do at Capitol Reef. I list a few here and include more in the itineraries below. I am covering the Fruita Historic District, here, but there are three other sections of the park: the Cathedral Valley to the north, Strike Valley in the south, and Hall’s Creek in the far south. These areas of Capitol Reef National Park are reached via dirt roads originating outside the park.

Most people will stick to the Fruita Historic District or the “main part of Capitol Reef,” however, I know I will be venturing into other areas on my next trip if I have the right vehicle.

  • Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center: Start your trip at the visitor center to pay your entrance fee (or show your National Park Pass), get a Capitol Reef National Park map, learn about the park, visit the gift shop, fill up water bottles, use the bathroom, and get up to date trail and road information.
  • Hike Grand Wash Trail: Witness the impressive geology and sheer rock walls in the Narrows.
  • Drive the Scenic Drive: Take in panoramic vistas of the Waterpocket Fold, the park’s geologic centerpiece. There is an auto tour along the route – look for numbered signs and read the description here. The Scenic Drive is a 7.9 mile (12.7 km) paved road, suitable for passenger vehicles. It takes about an hour and a half roundtrip to drive the Scenic Drive and the two dirt spur roads, Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge. The road can be closed due to mud, snow, or flash floods. Check at the visitor center, or call 435-425-3791, for possible road closures. Press #1 for information, and then #4 for current road conditions. For weather conditions press #3.
  • Explore Fruita Schoolhouse: Step back in time at this restored historic schoolhouse.
  • Fruit Orchards: Explore the lush orchards around Fruita, a historic farming community within the park. Enjoy the vibrant scenery and learn about the area’s agricultural heritage.
  • Go Stargazing: As a certified International Dark Sky Park, Capitol Reef boasts unreal night skies.
  • Sample a Slice of History: Enjoy a slice of homemade pie at the Gifford Homestead, a historic fruit orchard.

backs of two teens looking into a red hoodoo filled canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park is a great addition to a Capitol Reef trip.

Other Places to Visit on a Capitol Reef Trip

Capitol Reef is pretty remote, but you can still make it part of a larger trip. You could even visit all of Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks in one go if you had enough time!

Utah’s five national parks are known as the Mighty Five and are located in southern Utah. The parks are Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Parks.

  • Capitol Reef National Park to Arches National Park: 2 hr 18 min (141 miles)
  • Capitol Reef National Park to Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky): 2 hr 35 min (156 miles)
  • Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park: 2 hr 15 min (118 miles)
  • Capitol Reef National Park to Zion National Park: 3 hr 20 min (181 miles)

Here are some posts I’ve written about the area, which is surprisingly little considering how much time I’ve spent there! Epic Things to Do Near Zion, Best Hikes in Kanab, 5 Things to Do With Kids in Moab and Arches National Park, 5 Hikes in or Near Arches National Park.

There is so much to see in southern Utah. We’ve spent a lot of time exploring the area, and still have so much left to visit. If you like red rocks, petroglyphs, silty rivers, and desert landscapes, you will love it! For more than National Parks, consider adding these to a road trip to Capitol Reef.

  • Scenic Byway 12: Take a scenic detour on this All-American Road, connecting Capitol Reef to Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Goblin Valley State Park: Witness a whimsical landscape of hoodoos (peculiar mushroom-shaped rock formations) nearby. 1 hr 20 min (68.8 miles)
  • Pando: Visit the world’s largest (and probably oldest) living organism – a clonal aspen grove named “Pando” near Fish Lake. Anders and I stopped here on our way home and it was lovely. 58 min (45.9 miles)
  • Natural Bridges National Monument: See three massive natural bridges carved by water and time and cliff dwellings and pictographs left behind by the Ancestral Puebloans. 2 hr 38 min (132 miles)

Two people in front of Cassidy Arch at Capitol Reef National Park

Best Hikes in Capitol Reef National Park

There are a lot of hiking options in Capitol Reef National Park and I am only going to cover some of the trails in the Fruita Area. This is where most people go when they visit Capitol Reef. The other sections of the park are much more remote and are accessed via roads outside the park.

Distances are one-way (except Chimney Rock, which is a loop).

Goosenecks Overlook and Sunset Point Trails

Embark on a short and easy loop that offers breathtaking views of the Fremont River winding through horseshoe-shaped bends (goosenecks) and the vast Capitol Reef landscape from Sunset Point. This is a perfect introduction to the park’s scenic wonders. We watched the sunset from here — and it was lovely — and it’s also a great place to see the sunrise. (0.5 miles, easy)

Sunset from Sunset Point in Capitol Reef

Chimney Rock Trail

This loop trail takes you past Chimney Rock, a towering pinnacle, and offers scenic overlooks of the surrounding canyons and orchards. The moderate elevation gain provides a bit of a challenge with rewarding vistas. (3.6-mile loop, moderate)

Navajo Knobs Trail

Buckle up for a challenging trek on Navajo Knobs Trail. The steep climbs are rewarded with unparalleled panoramic views of the Waterpocket Fold, making it a favorite for adventurous hikers seeking a true wilderness experience. (4.2 miles, hard)

petroglyphs on red rock at Capitol Reef National Park

Petroglyphs Trail

Explore the legacy of ancient Fremont people on this easy trail. Hike various short segments to see well-preserved petroglyphs (rock carvings) offering a glimpse into the past. It’s really just a short jaunt on a boardwalk, but worth a stop to see the petroglyphs, in my opinion. (varies, easy)

Hickman Bridge Trail

This popular trail leads you beneath the impressive Hickman Bridge, a natural sandstone arch. The moderate elevation gain offers scenic views along the way, making it a great choice for all skill levels. (0.9 miles, moderate)

Grand Wash Trail

Embark on a journey through a scenic canyon on the Grand Wash Trail. Navigate through narrows and rocky walls in this deep canyon. We added Cassidy Arch to our walk up the Grand Wash and it made for a great hike! (2.2 miles, easy)

Person hiking on the Grand Wash Trail in Capitol Reef National Park among pale sandstone cliff walls.

Cassidy Arch Trail

Follow a trail over rocks and slick rock to Cassidy Arch, a freestanding archway offering stunning photo opportunities. The moderate elevation gain provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. As I mentioned above, we started at the Hwy 24 trailhead and walked up Grand Wash to this trail. (1.7 miles, moderate)

two people standing on Cassidy Arch in Capitol Reef National Park

Golden Throne Trail

Ascend to the base of the aptly named Golden Throne on this scenic trail. Hike through colorful canyons and enjoy breathtaking views of the Capitol Dome and Golden Throne from the summit. The trailhead is at the same place at Capitol Gorge and you can do both hikes on the same day (go early if it is hot as there is no shade on this trail). We even loved the drive to the trailhead. (2 miles, difficult)

Capitol Gorge Trail

Explore Capitol Gorge on this scenic out-and-back trail. Walk through a scenic wash with petroglyphs and pioneer writing on the walls. There is a short climb to a few “water pockets” or “tanks.” We did this hike the morning of our departure and it was easy and beautiful. If nothing else, drive out to the trailhead on the dirt road – we were blown away by the scenery. (1.0 miles, easy)

Water tanks at Capitol Gorge Trail at Capitol Reef National Park


Capitol Reef National Park with Kids

Capitol Reef National Park isn’t just for grown-up explorers! The park offers a wealth of opportunities to ignite a love for nature and history in young minds. Here’s how to make your Capitol Reef adventure a hit with the whole family.

Front of Capitol Reef National Park visitor center

Keeping Kids Engaged

  • Choose the right hikes: Opt for shorter, easy trails like Hickman Bridge Trail (1.5 miles) or Goosenecks Overlook Trail (0.9 miles) with scenic payoffs to keep little legs motivated. Grand Wash is a fun walk with kids, too.
  • Embrace the Junior Ranger Program: Let your kids become “Junior Rangers” by picking up a booklet at the visitor center. This program encourages them to learn about the park through fun activities and earns them a badge upon completion. I miss doing these programs with my kids, so make sure you do them with yours!
  • Explore with a Ranger: Ranger-led programs are a fantastic way to engage kids. These interactive sessions might involve storytelling, exploring nature through games, or learning about park animals. Check at the visitor center for upcoming programs.
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt: Create a list of things for your kids to find on your adventures, like different colored rocks, specific types of plants, or interesting cloud formations.
  • Picnic with a View: Pack a delicious lunch and find a scenic spot for a family picnic. There is a small picnic are adjacent to the Gifford House and a larger one in a nearby orchard.

Kid-Friendly Activities at Capitol Reef National Park

  • Petroglyph Panels: Spark curiosity by visiting the petroglyph panels, where ancient rock art offers a glimpse into the lives of past inhabitants. Imagine the stories behind the symbols! If you have a journal, it’s fun to have the kids copy the petroglyphs or create their own. (We like this little guide to the meaning of southwestern petroglyphs.)
  • Fruita Schoolhouse: Step back in time at the restored Fruita Schoolhouse. Kids can imagine what school was like in the early 1900s and even ring the old school bell!
  • Gifford House: This historic orchard is a delightful stop. Kids can learn about pioneer life, explore the grounds, and of course, enjoy a slice of famous homemade pie!

This book: Capitol Reef National Park Activity Book: Puzzles, Mazes, Games, and More About Capitol Reef National Park is a fun addition to your kids’ Capitol Reef experience.


woman sitting on a sandstone arch

Capitol Reef National Park Itineraries

Capitol Reef National Park offers a diverse landscape waiting to be explored. Whether you have a day, two days, or even three, here are itineraries to maximize your experience:

Capitol Reef National Park: 1-Day Itinerary

This jam-packed day hits all the highlights and is the itinerary Anders and I followed on our first day. Skip Cassidy Arch if you want less hiking, though it was a fun hike to a spectacular location! 

Morning: Start your day at the visitor center to grab a map and learn about the park’s geology and history.

Mid-Morning: Starting at the Highway 24 trailhead, embark on the moderate Grand Wash Trail, a scenic journey through a deep canyon. Just before reaching the Scenic Drive Trailhead, turn right up the Cassidy Arch Trail. We missed the sign to Cassidy Arch and walked to the parking area, but it’s merely an extra 0.02 miles. You’ll get stunning views of the park and a photo opportunity with the iconic arch.

Lunch: After the hike, picnic near the fruit groves and reward yourself with a delicious slice of pie (a must-try!) at the historic Gifford Homestead. We got mixed berry the first day. Despite baking 30+ dozen pies every day, they do run out during the busy season so try to get there before 1:00 pm if the park is crowded. We arrived later and had no problem getting a pie.

Afternoon: Immerse yourself in history with a visit to the petroglyph panels, offering a glimpse into the lives of ancient Fremont people.

Where to eat at Capitol Reef National Park is the exterior of a wooden building with a sign reading "Rock Rim Pizza"

Evening: We returned to our hotel and had pizza at the Rock Rim Patio.

Sunset: Conclude your day with breathtaking views at Sunset Point and Goosenecks Overlook. Witness the vibrant colors as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the landscape in a magical glow. We caught both the sunset and the first stars here. Bring a jacket as the temperature drops quickly with the sun.

The best sunset in Capitol Reef National Park is at Sunset Point

Capitol Reef National Park: 2-Day Itinerary

Building on the 1-day itinerary, this extended version allows for deeper exploration:

Day 1: Follow the 1-day itinerary above.

Day 2:  Morning: Hike the scenic Chimney Rock Trail (1.8 miles, moderate) for stunning overlooks of canyons and orchards.

Mid-Morning: Take a scenic drive along the Scenic Drive for panoramic vistas and access to various viewpoints.

Lunch: Grab some shade in the covered picnic area at the Capitol Gorge Trailhead.

Afternoon:  Explore the Capitol Gorge Trail for a walk through a scenic canyon with petroglyphs and pioneer writing on the walls. Then make the short climb to the natural water tanks. If you have a lot of energy, consider the Golden Throne Trail which starts at the same trailhead.

Sign for Capitol Gorge trail

Night: Stargaze – the park’s International Dark Sky Park status guarantees an unforgettable experience. 

Anders and I just had the morning the second day, so we drove the Scenic Drive and hiked out the Capitol Gorge Trail to the water tanks. Even if you don’t want to hike, I recommend taking the drive to the trailhead. 

Whichever you choose – get more pie! We got a peach pie the second day and it was delicious.

Person hiking in Capitol Gorge Trail

Capitol Reef National Park: 3-Day Itinerary

With three days, delve deeper into the park’s offerings.

Day 1 & 2: Follow the 2-day itinerary suggestions.

Day 3: Choose your adventure:

  • Hike the challenging Navajo Knobs Trail for unparalleled panoramic views.
  • Explore Hickman Bridge Trail for a scenic hike culminating at a natural sandstone arch.
  • Embark on the Golden Throne Trail for a journey through colorful canyons and breathtaking views from the summit.

Remember, this is just a starting point! Customize your itinerary based on your interests and fitness level to make the most of your Capitol Reef adventure.

Capitol Reef National Park offers a unique blend of scenic beauty, rich history, and outdoor adventure. With careful planning, your trip to this under-the-radar gem will be an unforgettable experience.

Insider Tips

  • Pack plenty of water -hydration is key in the desert climate.
  • Download a park map beforehand (or pick one up at the visitor center) – cell service is unreliable.
  • Be prepared for variable weather conditions – pack layers for all seasons.
  • Respect the fragile desert environment – leave no trace and tread lightly.

Hiking trail sign in Capitol Reef National Park

More Capitol Reef Planning Resources 

Capitol Reef National Park Activity Book: Puzzles, Mazes, Games, and More About Capitol Reef National Park is a fun activity book for kids that teaches them about the park and entertains them.

Anders kept this Capitol Reef National Park Map by National Geographic Trail Illustrated handy throughout our trip. Even if you don’t need a map to navigate, it’s nice to be able to identify features and see what’s beyond your immediate view.

For more in-depth trail descriptions, check out Best Easy Day Hikes Capitol Reef National Park

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is read books set in that place. The Capitol Reef Reader gathers 50 writers on topics that capture the spirit of the park and its surrounding landscape in personal narratives, philosophical riffs, and historical and scientific records.

To see more outside the park boundaries, get Beyond Capitol Reef: South-Central Utah: a Hiking and Touring Guide to the Area Surrounding Capitol Reef National Park

Easy Guide to Southwestern Petroglyphs helps you better understand the petroglyphs you will see all over southern Utah. (No one really knows the exact meaning or purpose, but this little book gets you thinking.


Two people in Grand Wash at Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park Packing List

Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots are good for navigating uneven terrain on most trails. We wear trail running shoes for something lighter with good tread.

Sun protection: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to shield yourself from the strong Utah sun.

Water: Always carry plenty of water, especially during the hot summer months. Refill your reusable water bottle at the visitor center or designated stations.

Layered clothing: Weather in Capitol Reef can vary depending on the season. Pack layers to adjust to changing temperatures, especially during spring and fall.

Headlamp or flashlight: If you plan on stargazing or exploring after dark, bring a headlamp or flashlight for better visibility. A red light flashlight will help you maintain your night vision while still helping you see where you are going.

Camera: Capture the beauty of Capitol Reef with a camera. Don’t forget an extra battery and memory card. I write about the best cameras and best binoculars on my other site. Even though it says they are for Yellowstone, you will love them just as much in Capitol Reef.

Snacks: Pack plenty of snacks to keep your energy levels up during hikes and exploration. There is nowhere inside the park to buy meals (you can get a few granola bars at the visitor center and of course, I recommend pie at the Gifford House) so stock up before you come or in Torrey.


Scenic red rock view in Capitol Reef National Park

FAQs About Capitol Reef National Park

Q: Is Capitol Reef worth visiting?

A: Absolutely! Capitol Reef National Park offers a unique blend of scenic beauty, rich history, and outdoor adventure. Unlike its flashier cousins Zion and Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef boasts a quieter atmosphere, perfect for those seeking serenity amidst dramatic landscapes. The park features stunning geological formations, diverse hiking trails, and opportunities to explore history and culture.

Q: How long does it take to tour Capitol Reef?

A: The ideal amount of time depends on your interests. A quick day trip allows you to hit the highlights like the Scenic Drive, Hickman Bridge Trail, and Sunset Point. To delve deeper into the park’s offerings, consider a 2-3 day itinerary, allowing you to explore more trails and historical sites, and participate in ranger programs.

Q: What is the best way to see Capitol Reef National Park?

A: The best way to see Capitol Reef National Park depends on your preferences. Here are some options:

Driving: The scenic drive is a fantastic introduction, offering stunning overlooks and access to trailheads.

Hiking: Numerous trails cater to all skill levels, allowing you to explore canyons, arches, and scenic viewpoints up close.

Ranger Programs: Educational and interactive programs led by park rangers offer a deeper understanding of the park’s geology, history, and ecology.

Stargazing: As a certified International Dark Sky Park, Capitol Reef boasts incredible night skies. Escape light pollution and witness a breathtaking display of stars.

Q: Is one day enough for Capitol Reef?

A: One day allows you to experience the park’s highlights, but it’s a whirlwind tour. To truly appreciate Capitol Reef’s beauty and diverse offerings, consider spending at least 2-3 days.

Q: What is the Best Time to Visit Capitol Reef National Park

A: Spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) offer pleasant temperatures ideal for hiking. Summer (June-August) can be scorching, but has fewer crowds. Winter transforms the park into a wonderland, but some roads and facilities may have limited access.

Q: How long does it take to drive Capitol Reef Scenic Drive? 

A: Allow 1-2 hours to drive the scenic route leisurely, stopping at overlooks and trailheads along the way.

Q: What is the closest town to Capitol Reef National Park?

A: Torrey, Utah is the closest town to Capitol Reef National Park, located just outside the park’s southern entrance. Scroll up to see the closest hotels to Capitol Reef.

Q: How much does it cost for one vehicle to enter Capitol Reef?

A: The entrance fee for Capitol Reef National Park is $20 per vehicle, valid for 7 days. Or use your America the Beautiful pass.

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