Explore the heart of red rock country in southern Utah.
Capitol Reef National Park lies in Utah's south-central desert in the heart of red rock country. It surrounds a long wrinkle in the earth known as the Waterpocket Fold, with layers of golden sandstone, canyons, and striking rock formations. Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges spanning nearly 100 miles. Among the park's sights are the Chimney Rock pillar, the Hickman Bridge arch, and Capitol Reef, known for its white sandstone domes. In the north are the towering monoliths of Cathedral Valley.
This park is open year-round and also has campgrounds open throughout the year. Fruita campground has 71 sites and is the only developed camping area in the park. Guests are welcome to reserve their campsite up to 6 months in advance. Reservable times are from March 1 to October 31, and these campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis during the off-season. All sites are located within an orchard and are lined up in three different loops adjacent to the Fremont River.
As you hike, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Animals you may see include desert bighorn sheep, mountain lions, yellow-bellied marmots, foxes, mule deer, and more. Bird enthusiasts should bring their binoculars to observe the peregrine falcons, golden eagles, mountain bluebirds, and rock wrens that inhabit this beautiful park. Enjoy the fresh air and open spaces at Utah's Capitol Reef National Park with your friends and family.