Situated in the south-central part of the home of national adventure and amusement parks Utah lays Capitol Reef National Park, which opens its doors to visitors from all over the world. Capitol Reef admits visitors 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, so no matter what hour of the day or time if the year you plan to the park, its doors would always be open, so you can enjoy the warm hospitality of the park, with all the fun and exciting activities that accompanies it.
The main entrance to Capitol Reef is through highway 14, which cuts across the park. Capitol Reef National Park is very renowned among Utah state parks and is well acclaimed for its exciting natural wonders which provide an astonishing view of this desert landscape of immeasurable beauty. Capitol Reef also acts as a sanctuary that harbors a variety of fun sporting and recreational activities such as hiking, camping, climbing or canyoneering, fishing, biking and horseback riding, which could all be enjoyed by the park’s visitors all year round. One of the most exciting rides within the park is the Capitol Reef Scenic Drive.
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If you intend on visiting the park for your first time, or after a long period, then it is advisable to begin your tour of the park in the visitor center, where you would gain valuable information as to how to go around the park with minimum damage of the fragile and sensitive arena that surrounds the park, while enjoying the intriguing facilities offered by the park. Be sure to grab a map of the park from the visitor centre, including some of the interesting books and brochures which provide extremely valuable information about the park. The Visitor center is usually open all year round, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, though working hours may extend up to 6:00 pm in the busy summer periods.
An entrance fee of $3 is charged for pedestrian and bicycle owners who intend to go beyond Fruita Campground, while a corresponding fee of $5 is charged for private vehicles and motorcycles. However, you can gain exclusive one year entrance rights into Capitol Reef and a variety of parks in and around Utah by obtaining an America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, for only $80, which could be gotten at the park’s visitor center.
The Park is packed-full with fun recreational activities that would suit children and adults alike of all ages and sex. The Capitol Reef Scenic Drive would take you on a self paced ride of your life, and offer you a clear view of most of the magnificent structures in and around the park. This ride also gives you the opportunity to savor an exceptional all-round view of the desert environment of sheer sandstone cliffs, and excellently carved layers of shale and rocks which gives a clear narration of the earth’s history, while you enjoy a resounding feel of the dry desert wind on your forehead as you cruise deeper and deeper into this exciting natural museum and explore its breathtaking artifacts.