We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Description:

100-mile scenic area of geological ridges and waves.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 31 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
The Reason for This National Park

I have reviewed many of the attractions in this park separately. The Waterpocket Fold is an element in most of them. This is the one big thing that makes this park worthy of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2016
Insouciant1
,
San Francisco, California
Add Photo Write a Review

31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 29: English reviews
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
95 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

I have reviewed many of the attractions in this park separately. The Waterpocket Fold is an element in most of them. This is the one big thing that makes this park worthy of national park status. Everything else is rock formations not so very different from those found in Utah's other national parks. The fold is unique, and in my... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Insouciant1
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
520 reviews
322 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

I read a description of this geological formation ahead of time, but it's still amazing to realise the tremendous forces at work that formed it. Glad I got to see a part of it in the park.

Helpful?
Thank KLsWanderlust
Hermosa Beach, California
Level Contributor
160 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

The hike through the narrow slot of Headquarters Canyon is impressive and lots of fun. Driving along Notom Road, the Waterpocket fold is a short distance away -- you can make out its convolutions from a distance but you must enter the folds of rock to appreciate.

Helpful?
2 Thank DLMS_3
Westcliffe, Colorado
Level Contributor
31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We took our time and the dirt road had just been graded, so made the drive even more enjoyable. I cannot even express how awe inspiring the views of the Waterpocket Fold are. How do you even wrap your head around how this magnificent geological event happened?

Helpful?
1 Thank Diane S
Level Contributor
39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

My husband and I made a loop of the National Parks in SLC area.. We're from Portland, OR. We flew into SLC and saw Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges. And Capitol Reef. We loved this trip! Every Park was amazing and breathtakingly beautiful in it's own way. Capitol Reef was so special because of it's geological formation. We went... More 

Helpful?
5 Thank kristenannmarie
Level Contributor
352 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Notom - Bullfrog Rd. thru the Waterpocket Fold is a wonderful drive. Rock formations, sheer cliffs - around evey curve another great view. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that the road was in desperate need of grading. It was so bumpy and bone jarring that I was glad to be done! the whole... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Sharon K
Farmingdale, New York
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

If you are into geology you will love this place. There are slot canyons, great rock formations, awesome hiking. I would recommend giving yourself two days here at a minimum. Not crowded like the other Utah parks.

Helpful?
2 Thank Lala C
Denville, New Jersey
Level Contributor
40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Couldn't believe our eyes. Around every turn was a new massive structure of rocks, canyons, etc. Our Coutry is truly an amazing place. So glad we took this route to get to our next venture.

Helpful?
1 Thank jimjenhegs
Omaha, Nebraska
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We had the pleasure of driving the Notom/Burr/Hwy12/Hw24 loop in May. Wow!! If you can, get to the Strike Valley Overlook down the Upper Muley backcountry trail. This is the shot on the front cover of the brochure.

Helpful?
1 Thank Jay S
Winchester, Virginia
Level Contributor
486 reviews
360 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Very much a must see in Capital Reef. Park. Very quiet but so stunning to see and be in. Worth your time and effort.

Helpful?
Thank nriemen

Travelers who viewed Waterpocket Fold also viewed

Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Capitol Reef National Park, UT
 
Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Capitol Reef National Park, UT
 

Been to Waterpocket Fold? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Waterpocket Fold and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Waterpocket Fold staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?