Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
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  • Verne K
    Silver Spring, Maryland434 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Timer
    I've been wanting to see this park for many years. Unless you're 4 wheeling, the park is restricted to about a 12 mile road in the valley. I was underwhelmed, particularly after visiting Arches & Canyonlands.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Demon Mike
    Melbourne, Australia25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Capital Reef National Park
    We visited Capital Reef National Park in June 2023. The Visitors Centre was very helpful in advising us about the hikes that were available. There are hiikes that are easy,, moderate and hard. Your choice. The views are stunning. I recommendstarting early as in summer it gets quite hot
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Jazz Gumbo
    London, United Kingdom827 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit
    Often overlooked as merely the place on the route from Zion to Moab, we stopped by later in the day and drove the scenic route with some dramatic & spectacular views. Miss it at your peril, some great spots to get out and either stroll around or hike. Well worth stopping in my humble opinion. There are a couple of great spots outside the park to that are well worth stopping for.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Chief
    Marietta, Georgia119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get your rocks ...ON!
    A geological delight! The history and views are wonderful/ Easy to navigate and family friendly. The park Rangers are very informative. (Way to go Ranger Jake) Don't forget to try some pies as you enter the park.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Donna N
    Minneapolis, Minnesota66 contributions
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    Not to be rushed!
    A lovely park that we traveled through on our way to Bryce/Zion from Moab. We definitely wanted to spend more time, but didn't build it into our trip. Unfortunately, the hours at the Visitors Center were incorrect in our guidebook, so we missed the opportunity to learn more about the park (and to buy souvenirs). Still, the orchards, petroglyphs, and other things to look at were great. The park was not very crowded, and that totally added to our enjoyment! I hope we get to go back some day - maybe not a full-day experience, but it definitely deserved more than an hour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • CDTrip72
    Arlington Heights, Illinois239 contributions
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    A nice park!
    We drove in from Moab (under three hours without stops). Recommend hitting the visitor center and watching the video, as its under 30 minutes and goes into the interesting history they have. Right past it is a nice picnic area and it’s common to have deer nearby and we saw a few as we had lunch (we brought our food from Moab as there is no grocery store or restaurant at the park). For us, there are two main attractions and the biggest one is the scenic drive. This park is unique as it’s the only one of the five Utah national parks that doesn’t have an entrance station. As you approach the scenic drive starts, there is a pay station but it’s on the honor system so I’m guessing many people skip paying, which is a shame. The drive is beautiful and there are a couple of sections where you can go ‘off trail’ to a non-paved road. The main one is the Grand Wash and if you go to the end of it, there are a couple of trails, and we did one of them for 30 minutes each way and there were some nice views. The other unique thing at this park as while it’s in the dessert, there is an orchard that has 3,000 trees and when open, you can actually pick fruit from it and if you eat it there, it’s free or you can pay to take it out. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open when we were there. However, there is a place called the Gifford House and they make mini-pies daily and they usually sell out during the day. We went to it when it opened up and got three pies and they were great. Overall, unless you want to do some long hikes, you can easily do this park in a day (we ended up doing a day and a morning).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • carlotaTravel4fun
    629 contributions
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    Great National Park and definitely worth your time
    We began our at the Hickman Bridge trail. I recommend hitting this trail first thing in the morning, as there is limited parking and, while not a difficult trail, the heat could be a factor later as there is little shade. This trail is right off the highway and not in the main road into the park where the visitor is located. This was a great hike back to the natural bridge. When leaving, traveling back on the highway in the direction of the park entrance, there is another interesting stop featuring the petroglyphs. There is a boardwalkway where you can view many of the drawings. We then headed into the park and stopped at the Vistor Center. Continuing on the road into the park you will come upon the homestead area. Further down the road it ends at Capitol Gorge parking area. There is a dirt road that you can continue to Capitol Gorge Canyon area. We took the dirt road and I'm glad we did. The canyon walls rise up on both sides as you continue down this road. At the end you can take a short walk down a trail between the canyon, along what looks like a river bed. It was great and worth the time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Kurt S
    108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dont Battle the Crowds of Zion - Visit Capitol Reef
    Capitol Reef is like Zion without the crowds. The views, hikes, and activities in Capitol Reef are as good as Zion, so we spent several days here. Did the Cassidy Arch trail, and spend all day in Cathedral Valley. We left so many things for our next visit. Enjoyed the Fruita area , the Visitor Center is top notch, and the roads and facilities are all clean and well maintained. Watched a big storm come through, resulting in massive waterfalls that washed debris across the main road, and resulted in a several hour road closure. Passed through the next day, and there was no evidence of the flood - I swear they must have steamed cleaned the red mud off the road surface. Love Capitol Reef!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • TripleC3
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous. Beautiful park with terrific rangers.
    On a 3 week road trip from the UK, I wanted to show my family the majesty of the beautiful SW national parks. The big names added too many miles and that is how I discovered Capital Reef and I am so pleased that I did. The park is beautiful - an ever-changing palette of reds and yellow and greens which we were lucky enough to see under bright blue skies as well as in the majesty of a storm. There are hikes of various lengths and levels of difficulty and even the shorter (1:30 hour-ish) ones are immensely rewarding. It is fairly quiet and we were easily able to park at the Visitor Center and various trailheads. We attended a couple of interesting and accessible ranger programs. Evening Creatures with Ranger Jeff was especially fun across all age groups.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Rich K
    Fredericksburg, Virginia53 contributions
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    OUTSTANDING park, highly unique among Utah parks, well worth going out of your way to go you won't be disappointed.
    We love Utah parks. We finally visited Capitol Reef and wow, what an experience. We came in from I-70 and the scenery was impressive. Huge enormous shale deposits abound everywhere. From a geologic perspective the sedimentary layers are impressive. May Utah parks are like going to another world, this no different. All of Utah parks are different from one another. This one is just that, different. You have to see it yourself. I found it is probably among the most photographic park to date. I could spend hours there photographing the park.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
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WC-Travelers-75
West Chester, PA2,200 contributions
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May 2019
We spent about 6 hours touring and hiking during a day in this wonderful NP.....it was not enough time.

On the way in we went to Goosenecks Overlook and hiked the short Sunset Point Trail. We did the Scenic Drive and Capital Gorge Road, checking out all the Overlooks on the way out. On return, we drove the Grand Wash Road and hiked just over half the Grand Wash Trail. The parking lot was packed and we had difficulty finding parking for our 23 ft. RV.

Toured the visitors center and saw the Petroglyphs Panel.

We need at least one more day and possibly two days to do some of the moderate hikes to fully appreciate this NP.
Written February 28, 2020
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Roger92071
Harrison, ME42 contributions
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Aug 2019
I’ve been to Capitol Reef 4 times. It’s a wonderful park, I’ve hiked to Hickman Natural Bridge, Navajo Knobs, Grand Wash, and Chimney Rock/ Spring Wash. There are petroglyphs just off of highway 24 for those who can’t walk too far. There is a short hike which takes you to the Sulfur River goosenecks. The drive south of the visitors center is well worth taken
Written March 8, 2020
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miboth
anaheim135 contributions
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Aug 2021
If you've been to Utah before and seen Zion and Bryce I would definitely recommend this park if you have some time. I've been to 4 of the national parks in Utah and they all have their own unique beauty. We were driving from Cedar City to Salt Lake City so we made the detour to visit Capitol Reef and we're really glad we did. You will see some reviews telling about the great hikes you can experience here but if you are limited for time I would still recommend doing the drive until the end. You will see all kinds of varied terrain and colors. I don't think this park will disappoint you.
Written September 30, 2021
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Amber M
Columbia, SC393 contributions
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Sep 2019
Capitol Reef National Park is another beautiful park in Utah. We drove through the park, getting out many times for photos. This was my first time seeing petroglyphs in person and it was an awesome experience. While we were looking at the petroglyphs, 3 mule deer decided to feed close to us which was another great experience to just listening to the wind blow, sitting in such a beautiful place watching the deer.
Written January 14, 2020
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CDTrip72
Arlington Heights, IL239 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Family
We drove in from Moab (under three hours without stops). Recommend hitting the visitor center and watching the video, as its under 30 minutes and goes into the interesting history they have. Right past it is a nice picnic area and it’s common to have deer nearby and we saw a few as we had lunch (we brought our food from Moab as there is no grocery store or restaurant at the park).

For us, there are two main attractions and the biggest one is the scenic drive. This park is unique as it’s the only one of the five Utah national parks that doesn’t have an entrance station. As you approach the scenic drive starts, there is a pay station but it’s on the honor system so I’m guessing many people skip paying, which is a shame. The drive is beautiful and there are a couple of sections where you can go ‘off trail’ to a non-paved road. The main one is the Grand Wash and if you go to the end of it, there are a couple of trails, and we did one of them for 30 minutes each way and there were some nice views.

The other unique thing at this park as while it’s in the dessert, there is an orchard that has 3,000 trees and when open, you can actually pick fruit from it and if you eat it there, it’s free or you can pay to take it out. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open when we were there. However, there is a place called the Gifford House and they make mini-pies daily and they usually sell out during the day. We went to it when it opened up and got three pies and they were great.

Overall, unless you want to do some long hikes, you can easily do this park in a day (we ended up doing a day and a morning).
Written July 5, 2023
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ReadRibbet
933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
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 with plenty of hiking trail opportunities. We entered from the west around midafternoon on a Friday in October. We were able to take the scenic route without much traffic which allowed for the possibility of pulling off and taking photos as we desired. While there are some pull offs, there are not as many as we hoped so it was more difficult to safely stop and take photos in some areas. The scenic drive is about 10 miles in length. You can turn around at the end (Grand Wash) and double back to the entrance. The main scenic drive is paved, but a couple additional off-road routes are not. Keep an eye on weather since water can be an issue on those paths. Capitol Reef has a great variation of land formations and also captures some fall colors with its foliage in certain areas. There is a fruit orchard along the drive in one section of the park (Fruita). with some historical buildings. The drive into the park from Torrey is also quite impressive though it was under construction so be ready for that. Be sure to stop at the Panoramic Point (Goosenecks Overlook) which comes up shortly after the national park sign, The views there are amazing providing ample photo ops. The park did not have a formal entrance, so fees are on the honor system. There is a visitor center with limited parking when crowded.
Written October 24, 2022
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di v
Paramus, NJ169 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is the least crowded of the 5 National Parks in Utah. It had several interesting places to hike and visit. Be sure to stop and see the petroglyph panel- the carvings are very interesting to see. Also stop by the orchards and pick some apples- they are delicious to eat, and the many mule deer just sitting around, ignoring the tourists, is very different to see.
Written April 2, 2020
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naturetack
Dallas, TX750 contributions
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Oct 2019
Amazing park! It's a great stop on your way to Scenic Route 12, with loads of hiking and rock formations both on and off the beaten path. Drive down the scenic drive, take in some amazing views from the top of cliffs, and see some petroglyphs. Hope to go back some day and check out the less accessible areas for sure!
Written May 23, 2020
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Peter K
Hurricane, UT820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Capital reef is a beautiful park and , generally less crowded than the other NP's in Utah. We visited on 5/4-5/6/22.
I'd recommend the Grand Wash hike (4 .4 mi RT) , Panorama point, Chimney Rock and the Scenic Drive.
There is currently construction on Rte 24 between Torrey and the park Visitor Center which is scheduled to go through Nov. 2022. We found it took between 20 to 40 min. to get from the Broken Spur hotel to the VC.
There is also construction between CRNP and Hanksville which can result in a 20 to 30 min. delay.
There is so much to see and hike, you could easily spend a week here.
Written May 11, 2022
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Susannah W
Cleveland, MS285 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Family
Capitol Reef does not seem to get all the press as some of the other Utah national parks, but it is definitely worth visiting. The scenic drive is absolutely gorgeous, and there are a variety of hiking options in the park as well. They have done well to preserve the history of the Indian tribes and pioneers who once lived in this area.
Written July 22, 2020
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