The park and campgrounds are open year round. The
Visitor Center is open daily (except Christmas Day)
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours during
the summer season.
Nearest major airport is located in Salt Lake City,
Utah, approximately 250 miles north of the park.
Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central
Utah on Utah Highway 24.
- Public transportation to the park is not available.
Weather & Climate
Summer tempertures often climb into the upper 90s
(F), but nights cool down into the 50s (F) and 60s
(F). The thunderstorm season from July through September
brings cloudbursts, flash floods and lightning.
Spring and fall are milder with highs
generally in the 50s (F) and 60s (F).
Daytime winter highs average less than
50 (F). Snowfall is usually light, especially at lower
Humidity is low all year.
A number of facilities and activities are accessible
to the disabled. The Visitor Center and its restroom
facilities are moderately accessible. The restrooms
in the picnic ground and in loop B and
C in the Fruita campground are also accessible.
The amphitheater programs accommodate sensory and
mobility impaired individuals.
Utah Highway 24 runs
east and west through the park. The Scenic Drive (25
mile round-trip)begins at the Visitor Center. Other
dirt roads traverse the park both north and south
of Highway 24. Be sure to check current conditions
before heading out on these backcountry.