Places to Visit: Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park has incredible sights that you can't miss on your vacation travels. The carved valleys and the towering peaks will fascinate the entire family, and you won't want to miss an opportunity to see the wildlife and plant life that make their home in this unique park. Read More

There are nearly a quarter of a million acres in this beautiful backcountry of southern Utah. Capitol Reef National Park is the home to an ecosystem of a widely diverse animal and plant life. The colorful ridges, canyons and monoliths form rugged spines and spectacular scenes that amaze any vacation visitor. Travel these byways and connect with this natural environment for an unforgettable experience.

The narrow gorges and peaks will show the vacationer many opportunities for excitement. Hike the trails or ride a bike. Get a guided walk or fish on the Fremont River. There are other lakes and streams where you can throw in a line. There is even a 25-mile drive through the scenic landscape.

Campers will find three separate campgrounds they can make use of within Capitol Reef. These are open all year. It is recommended to have four-wheel-drive to reach some camps. You can check at the Visitor Center for information. Water is scarce so you should bring your own.

To get to Capitol Reef from Bryce Canyon National Park, catch 12 north for a beautiful drive through scenic country, then east on 24. You will be glad not to miss this special place.