What to do Near Capitol Reef

Located in south-central Utah, you’ll find a variety of things to do near Capitol Reef National Park like hiking, scenic drives, camping, photography, and horseback riding.


Scenic Byway 12 Near Capitol Reef

Starting in Torrey near Capitol Reef, the Scenic Byway 12 is a winding, country road 124 miles long that ends in Panguitch near Bryce Canyon. 

As you drive along Scenic Byway 12, you’ll see a landscape of colorful sandstone cliffs, canyons, and slickrock that makes up the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

Grand Staircase Escalante Near Capitol Reef

Burr Trail Drive Near Capitol Reef

The Burr Trail is open year-round and accessible by most passenger cars, pickups, and vans. Many of the roads are unpaved, and are often rough.

Cathedral Valley Drive Near Capitol Reef

Like the Waterpocket District, the Cathedral Valley District is also a remote and rugged area on the north side of Capitol Reef National Park. 

Goblin Valley Near Capitol Reef

Located in the San Rafael Swell, Goblin Valley State Park offers visitors breathtaking views of red rock formations that have been naturally sculpted by wind and water over time.