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Capitol Reef National Park

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National Parks · Hiking Trails · Historic Sites
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges. A scenic drive through the park offers the most efficient way to drink in the views, while hiking, biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and fishing provide other options for exploring the park's terrain at a slower pace. A day is all that's needed for a satisfying visit, but spending the night gives you a good look at countless bright stars in the clear night sky of the south-central Utah desert. Our United States trip itinerary planning website combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Popular things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

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National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
Off-Road / ATV Trail
Off-Road & ATV Trails
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Hiking Trail
The Hickman Bridge Trail
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Fremont Petroglyphs
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Capitol Reef National Park

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Hiking Trail
Goosenecks Overlook
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Capitol Gorge Trail
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Grand Wash Trail
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Sunset Point Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Capitol Reef National Park

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Historic Site
Gifford Homestead
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Fruita Campground
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Pioneer Register
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Behunin Cabin
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Capitol Reef National Park

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Canyon
Little Wild Horse Canyon Utah
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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National Park
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Utah
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
Geologic Formation
Great Gallery Canyonlands National Park
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Capitol Reef National Park

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Geologic Formation
Water Pocket Fold
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Outdoor Activity
Notom Road Scenic Backway
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Biking Trail
Cathedral Valley Loop
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Strike Valley Overlook
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Capitol Reef National Park

Valley
Cathedral Valley
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Canyon
Cohab Canyon Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

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