Capitol Reef National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Capitol Reef National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Fruita Historic District

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In the 1880s Nels Johnson became the first homesteader in the Fremont River Valley, building his home near the confluence of Sulphur...

Gifford House Museum and Store

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

In a grassy meadow with the Fremont River flowing by, this is an idyllic shady spot in the Fruita Historic District for a sack lunch.

Grand Wash Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

A dirt road spur from the main scenic drive, starting 3.4 miles from the visitor center, follows this twisting route down a canyon for...

Junior Ranger Program

  • Tour–Sight

Each child who participates in this self-guided, year-round program completes a combination of activities in the Junior Ranger booklet,...

Pioneer Register

  • Historic District/Site

Travelers passing through Capitol Gorge in the 19th and early 20th centuries etched the canyon wall with their names and the date they...

Ranger Talks

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Typically, the park offers a daily morning geology talk at the visitor center and a daily afternoon petroglyph-panel talk. Occasional...

Sunset Point Trail

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

The trail starts from the same parking lot as the Goosenecks Trail, on your way into the park about 3.3 miles west of the visitor center.

The Castle

  • Geological Site

This prominent geological landmark—sandstone that has taken the shape of a castle's spires—towers over the visitor center. ...

The Waterpocket Fold

  • Geological Site

A giant wrinkle in the earth extends almost 100 miles between Thousand Lake Mountain and Lake Powell. You can glimpse the fold by driving...

Utah Scenic Byway 24

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

For 62 miles between Loa and Hanksville, you'll cut right through Capitol Reef National Park. Colorful rock formations in all their hues...


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