Capitol Reef National Park Summer Activities

If you love the outdoors, you’ll find lots of great things to see, do, and photograph near Capitol Reef National Park! Enjoy activities like hiking, climbing, biking, photography and more!


During the summer months all Capitol Reef park services are open.

Capitol Reef in June: 85/56 F Capitol Reef in July: 90/62 F Capitol Reef in Aug: 87/60 F

Park rangers are a great source of information about the park. You can also find out what Capitol Reef Ranger-led Programs are available during the summer.

Summer Ranger-led Programs

The main scenic drive for the park is 7.9 miles long.  The paved road is nice for passenger vehicles.   There are two dirt spur roads off the scenic drive; Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge.

Summer Scenic Drive at Capitol Reef National Park

The Fruita Valley includes the Gifford Homestead, blacksmith shop, barn and orchards.   It's a great place for enjoying history, homemade items and homemade pies and icecream.

Fruita Area in Summer at Capitol Reef National Park

The park has an iconic barn with an incredible backdrop, quaint wooden pioneer structures, colorful rocks walls, blooming fruit orchards, and deer roaming through the Fruita area!

Summer Photography at Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is internationally recognized as a great place to stargaze due to the area's dark sky.  The remote location and clear skie enable incredible night sky views including the Milky Way.

Summer Stargazing at Capitol Reef

Hiking in Capitol Reef is one of the fun ways to appreciate the park.  There are easy trails for families and casual hikers and strenuous trails for those who want more of a challenge.

Summer Hiking at Capitol Reef

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