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Capitol Reef National Park

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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.

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Local Info

Please Note: There are no singletrack trails within Capitol Reef National Park that are open to mountain bikes. This page serves as a general overview of the area. If you're visiting the park and looking for places to ride, check out the many great options up the road in Moab.

Visiting Tips

Capitol Reef is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Even with Capitol Reef's arid climate, inclement weather sometimes causes road closures. For updated weather information, current closures, and up to date information on the park, visit the park's website.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

There is one developed campground and two primitive campgrounds maintained within the Capitol Reef National Park. It is not possible to make reservations for the Fruita Campground, so you'll want to come early as it usually fills by early to mid-afternoon in the spring and the fall. All camping areas in Capitol Reef fill on a first come, first served basis. While each campground is open year-round, it is best to check road reports, as road closures can make reaching a campground impossible.

  • 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

There are no restaurants or lodges that operate within the park. The Gifford House Store and Museum sells fresh baked goods such as cinnamon rolls, breads, and pies, in addition to ice cream, canned good, chips, and other novelties. Other packaged snacks are also available at the visitor center. There are many dining options available outside of the park. More information about dining in the nearby areas can be found here.

Other Activities

Capitol Reef National Park is located near excellent areas for a variety of outdoor activities. When not exploring the park on foot, there are ample opportunities for other non-motorized activities around the park, such as trail running, mountain biking, and rock climbing. There are also many areas where motorized activities such as dirt biking, rock crawling, and ATV riding are popular as well.

Capitol Reef National Park Biking

  • 3 Miles 5 Kilometers of Trail
  • 0 Recommended Routes
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 1 Intermediate Trail Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Capitol Reef National Park

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2.9 mi 4.7 km #1Pleasant Creek Road
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Loa, UT
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Loa, UT

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Burr Trail Road, Capitol Reef.
Apr 15, 2016 near Loa, UT
Riding out the wash of South Draw in Capitol Reef National Park
Jul 13, 2016 near Loa, UT
Pleasant Creek was a great way to cool off near the end of the ride.
Jul 13, 2016 near Loa, UT
Most of the trail is doubletrack w/ some technical spots. The views however are incredible.
Sep 4, 2018 near Loa, UT
Temple of the Sun
Apr 8, 2021 near Loa, UT
Burr Trail through the Capitol Reef
Feb 24, 2022 near Escalante, UT
Burr Trail switchbacks
Feb 24, 2022 near Escalante, UT

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