Discover the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic wrinkle on earth!

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

Pendelton Barn and Gifford House below Fruita's Wingate Sandstone Cliffs


Capitol Reef's rich cultural history dates to archaic hunter-gatherers, the prehistoric Fremont Culture, and pioneer homesteaders.

A hiker standing under Hickman Natural Bridge


Learn about the geologic processes that created the Waterpocket Fold.

Hikers looking at the rock walls on the Capitol Gorge trail

Hiking and Backpacking

Capitol Reef is a hiker's dream. Learn more about the trails and routes.

Fruita Campground with tents and RVs


Capitol Reef has several camping opportunities to choose from.

Ranger presenting program to visitors at Capitol Reef National Park

Ranger Programs

Join a ranger to discover more about the wonders of Capitol Reef National Park.

Visitor picking fruit in an orchard open for picking


Historic orchards contain over 2,700 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond and walnut.

Night skies in Capitol Reef National Park

International Dark Sky Park

Capitol Reef NP was designated a "Gold Tier" International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association.

Last updated: November 18, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775



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