Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

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VISIT Capitol Reef National Park:

Park Details

Capitol Reef National Park was established on August 2, 1937, and has a total area of 241,904 acres (378 square miles, or 979 square kilometers).

Address 52 West Headquarters Drive, Torrey, UT, 84775
Phone435-425-3791
HoursOpen year-round, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee$20 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Capitol Reef National Park is the 57th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Capitol Reef National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Capitol Reef National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Capitol Reef National Park are June, May, January & February.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits20,78625,718115,728165,498221,206189,603151,04293,792164,879164,19263,19229,717
Precipitation172327353424505334341614
Avg Temp374151617182878477644938
Max Temp485364748391949186776350
Avg Temp232630344249595848372923
Min Temp6111824283647473425147
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Capitol Reef National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Capitol Reef National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
South to North, Arizona to Montana & Saguaro to Glacier2,12014
Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase–Escalante to Capitol Reef5839
Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon to Zion75010
Grand Canyon to Zion National Park6869

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Capitol Reef National Park.

NameDistance
Bryce Canyon National Park67 mi
Natural Bridges National Monument75 mi
Canyonlands National Park76 mi
Rainbow Bridge National Monument78 mi
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area85 mi
Arches National Park93 mi
Cedar Breaks National Monument99 mi
Navajo National Monument111 mi
Zion National Park121 mi
Pipe Spring National Monument126 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Capitol Reef National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Fruita - Capitol Reef National ParkTorrey, UT more 7 miles
Lower BownsTorrey, UT more 9 miles
SingletreeTeasdale, UT more 9 miles
Pleasant CreekTorrey, UT more 11 miles
Mix Pad DispersedHanksville, UT more 12 miles
Oak CreekTorrey, UT more 12 miles
Cedar Mesa - Capitol Reef National ParkTorrey, UT more 14 miles
Swing Arm City OHV DispersedHanksville, UT more 18 miles
Coal Mine WashHanksville, UT more 19 miles
Horse Canyon - Grand Staircase Nat MonEscalante, UT more 19 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Capitol Reef National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
SnowbasinOrangeville, UT9,350 ft62%77 mi
Brian Head ResortBrian Head, UT10,929 ft45%99 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Capitol Reef National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Capitol Reef National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Salt Lake City International AirportSLCSalt Lake City, UT184 mi
Harry Reid International AirportLASLas Vegas, NV264 mi
Lake Havasu City International AirportLHSLake Havasu City, AZ310 mi
Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPHXPhoenix, AZ332 mi
Denver International AirportDENDenver, CO367 mi
Ontario International AirportONTOntario, CA459 mi
Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV471 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Capitol Reef National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Cedar City Regional AirportCDCCedar City, UT111 mi
Provo-Utah Lake International AirportPVUProvo, UT143 mi
Saint George-Southwest Utah International AirportSGUSt George, UT151 mi
Grand Junction Regional AirportGJTGrand Junction, CO156 mi
Grand Canyon National Park AirportGCNGrand Canyon - Tusayan, AZ164 mi
Ogden Hinckley AirportOGDOgden, UT212 mi
Flagstaff Pulliam International AirportFLGFlagstaff, AZ213 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.