Capitol Reef National Park | Travel

While on a road trip last fall, I allotted half a day to visit Capitol Reef National Park, while crossing the state of Utah. As soon as I arrived, I wished for more time to spend in the park! I plan to head back for another trip during the spring or fall sometime in the coming years. Old Barn along the Scenic Drive

Points of Interest

Fremont Waterfall - My first stop was at the Fremont Waterfall. Although technically within the national park, access to this waterfall was outside of the park entrance. Due to several near-fatal incidents involving swimmers at the falls, the area is closed for swimming. There is a small parking area located approximately 6.5 miles east of the Capitol Reef National Park entrance on Highway 24.

Above Fremont Waterfall

Scenic Drive - The scenic drive costs $5 and takes you to 11 diverse and beautiful stops. My favorites included the Moenkopi Formation, the Grand Wash and the Waterpocket Fold. I am sad to say I spent most of my time inside the car, driving to see as much as I could take in with the small bit of daylight I had.

Fruita Campground - this developed campground is adjacent to the Fremont River and is surrounded by historic orchards. The restrooms have running water and the campground is open year-round. Camp sites are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Mule Deer in Capitol Reef National Park

Countless mule deer were grazing in the fields at the beginning of the Scenic Drive. This large buck was walking around the Fruita Campground. I'm not sure why he was covered in blood, but he was certainly a beautiful (and large!) animal.

Large Buck in the Fruita Campground

As I said before, I would love to go back to Capitol Reef for a proper visit. Have you ever been to this national park? If so, do you have any recommendations on sites to visit or hikes to enjoy? I would love to hear from you!