Capitol Reef National Park in the Summer

Located in south-central Utah, Capitol Reef is known for its stunning views and diverse landscape. Capitol Reef National Park in the summer is busy and it’s hot, but we’ve got tips to help you navigate the crowds and heat.


Capitol Reef is the least-visited of the five Utah National Parks and won’t be as busy as the others. The mornings and late afternoons are good times to avoid the crowds and heat of summer!

- Capitol Reef in June: high 85 | low 56 degrees F – Capitol Reef in July: high 90 | low 62 degrees F – Capitol Reef in August: high 87 | low 60 degrees F

Summer monsoons can dump heavy rain over a short period of time resulting in flash floods. Get up-to-date weather information and watch for changing weather conditions. DO NOT enter a narrow gorge or slot canyon if storms are threatening!

Fruita Valley includes the Gifford Homestead, blacksmith shop, barn and orchards.  Stop by the Gifford house where unique local handmade items are made like quilts, aprons, woven rugs, soap, crockery, candles and toys.

The Capitol Reef scenic drive is a must-do activity to explore the cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges! The paved road is 7.9 miles long and suitable for passenger vehicles.

The landscape you'll see at Capitol Reef is spectacular and ideal subject matter for photography.  There are amazing locations for sunrise and sunset pictures.