Capitol Reef National Park
114 mi 183 km of trail — 8 Featured Hikes
Rising out of the arid desert of southern Utah, Capitol Reef National Park is sure to capture the imagination. Formed through millions of years of geologic processes, the park highlights spectacular sandstone formations, living cryptobiotic soils, and a textbook example of a massive monocline. The Waterpocket Fold is now home to specialized desert plant and animal species in addition to the desert landscapes that are protected within the park. Skyscraping spires, winding canyons, colorful cliffs, and massive domes and arches all make Capitol Reef a one of a kind destination.
To learn more about Capitol Reef, visit www.nps.gov.
The visitor center is open 8 am to 4:30 pm daily, and is closed on some major holidays. Extended hours exist from the spring through the fall, and more information about seasonal operations can be found here.
Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.
Camping & Lodging
- Fruita Campground: Open year round. Potable water is available.
- Cathedral Valley Campground: Open year round. No potable water available.
- Cedar Mesa Campground: Open year round. No potable water available.
Backcountry camping is also available. A permit must be obtained from the visitor center during normal business hours. More information on camping in the park, can be found here.
Food & Drink
Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles
There are a variety of ranger-led walking tours, evening programs, and astronomy programs. Check at the visitor center or at Capitol Reef's event calendar for more specific information. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
REI offers over 30 National Park trips, each led by an expert guide capable of taking you off the beaten path. Adventurers are often treated to hidden gems and aspects of the parks that most visitors never see.
Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.
Maps & Guidebooks
Gems in Capitol Reef National Park - 8
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Featured Hikes in Capitol Reef National Park - 8
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3.2 mi 5.1 km • Out and Back • 734 ft Ascent 223.63 m Ascent
Singletrack Loa, UT( 23 )
Navajo Knobs Out and Back
9.2 mi 14.9 km • Out and Back • 1,892 ft Ascent 576.78 m Ascent
Singletrack Loa, UT( 11 )
Strike Valley Overlook and Upper Muley Twist Canyon
15.8 mi 25.4 km • Loop • 1,344 ft Ascent 409.68 m Ascent
Singletrack Escalante, UT( 6 )
Lower Muley Twist Canyon Loop
15.4 mi 24.9 km • Loop • 1,051 ft Ascent 320.29 m Ascent
Singletrack Escalante, UT( 7 )
Capitol Gorge Trail
4.7 mi 7.5 km • Out and Back • 222 ft Ascent 67.65 m Ascent
Doubletrack Loa, UT( 10 )
Halls Creek and Narrows Route (Grand Gulch)
23.7 mi 38.2 km • Loop • 2,455 ft Ascent 748.3 m Ascent
Singletrack Escalante, UT( 2 )
Trails in Capitol Reef National Park - 35
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|1.0 mi 1.6 km||Loa, UT||
58 days ago
Strike Valley Overlook Trail
|0.5 mi 0.7 km||Loa, UT||4|
Rim Overlook Trail
|1.9 mi 3.1 km||Loa, UT||5|
|5.8 mi 9.3 km||Loa, UT||7|
Frying Pan Trail
|2.8 mi 4.5 km||Loa, UT||8|
Cassidy Arch Trail
|1.4 mi 2.2 km||Loa, UT||5|
Fremont River Trail
|1.4 mi 2.2 km||Loa, UT||6|
Upper Muley Twist Canyon Trail
|8.0 mi 12.9 km||Escalante, UT||4|
|3.4 mi 5.4 km||Loa, UT||4|
Cohab Canyon Trail
|1.6 mi 2.5 km||Loa, UT||9|
Chimney Rock Trail
|3.1 mi 4.9 km||Loa, UT||8|
Grand Wash Trail
|2.4 mi 3.8 km||Loa, UT||12|
Golden Throne Trail
|1.8 mi 3.0 km||Loa, UT||3|
Chimney Rock Canyon
|1.6 mi 2.6 km||Loa, UT||3|
Lower Spring Canyon
|7.3 mi 11.8 km||Loa, UT||5|
Upper Muley Twist Canyon Access Road
|2.5 mi 4.1 km||Loa, UT||5|
Surprise Canyon Trail
|1.2 mi 1.9 km||Escalante, UT||3|
Post Cutoff Trail
|1.9 mi 3.0 km||Escalante, UT||3|
Lower Muley Twist Canyon Trail
|12.8 mi 20.6 km||Escalante, UT||2|
Upper Cathedral Valley Overlook
|0.1 mi 0.2 km||Loa, UT||2|
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