Utah

Capitol Reef National Park Tour

DurationDuration 6-8 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 2
tourTour Stops 82
$9.99

Description

Capitol Reef National Park boasts some of the most impressive and important geology in all of southern Utah. More than that, the park offers a one-of-a-kind window into the state’s past. There’s plenty to see and do and with Shaka Guide, we’ll take you to historic spots, scenic overlooks and family-friendly hiking trails.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

• Visit historic sites like the Fruita Schoolhouse and Fremont Petroglyphs
• Take in views of the Waterpocket Fold - a 100 mile long wrinkle in the earth’s crust
• Stop by Fruita Orchards for local produce
• Take a picturesque ride along the park’s scenic drive

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Torrey and Hanksville
Time to complete: 4+ hours

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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Capitol Reef introduction eastbound - The Red Gate
Continue straight - Reminder to get gas
Land of the Sleeping Rainbow
Trip Planning
Fruita - a desert oasis
GOOSENECKS OVERLOOK
RTN - Return to State Route 24
Continue straight - The fluted wall
The Castle
Continue Straight for the Fruita Orchards
Moenkopi Formation
Fern's Nipple
Approaching Oyler Mines
Capitol Reef Wildlife and Grand Wash Trailhead
RTN - Echo Cliff
Wingate Sandstone
Slickrock Divide
Capitol Gorge Spur Road & Picnic Shelter
Golden Throne and Solution Cavities
CAPITOL GORGE TRAILHEAD - Trailhead petroglyphs Pioneer Register Tanks
RTN - CORA OYLER SMITH
Under the Sea
Swing Arm City
Pioneer Log Church
Alternative ways to experience Capitol Reef
PARK IN THE ROUNDABOUT
GOOSENECKS OVERLOOK
RTN - Turn right or left onto State Route 24
The Castle
Continue Straight for the Fruita Orchards
Mail Tree & Gifford Home Museum and Store
Fruita Campground
Moenkopi Formation
Fern's Nipple
APPROACHING OYLER MINES
Oyler Mines Story
Capitol Reef Wildlife and Grand Wash Trailhead
RTN - Echo Cliff
RTN - Cassidy Arch
RTN - Turn left onto Scenic Drive to continue the tour
Wingate Sandstone
The Western Escarpment
Slickrock Divide
Old Wagon Road Trailhead
Capitol Gorge Spur Road & Picnic Shelter
DRIVE STRAIGHT TO ENTER CAPITOL GORGE
Golden Throne and Solution Cavities
RTN - Leaving Capitol Gorge
RTN - Navajo Sandstone
RTN - Charles Kelly
RTN - Return to Fruita
RTN - Egyptian Temple
RTN - Egyptian Temple on right
RTN - INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S HISTORY IN CAPITOL REEF
RTN - Cohab Canyon and Sulphur Creek
FRUITA SCHOOLHOUSE AND NETTIE BEHUNIN
Let's get back to State Route 24
TURN LEFT FOR THE VISITOR CENTER
Fremont Petroglyphs
Turn right for Capitol Dome
Capitol Dome & Navajo Dome
Grand Wash Trailhead
Waterpocket Fold Viewpoint
America's Greatest Land Barrier
Notom History
Notom Road - Turn Around
RTN - Thisbe Read Hanks
Left for the park or right for Hanksville
The Land of the Sleeping Rainbow
Notom Road Detour
Fruita - a Desert Oasis
Under the Sea
The Blue Gate & The Land of the Sleeping Rainbow
Factory Butte
Driving to Moonscape Overlook
Turn RIGHT for Moonscape Overlook
RTN - RETURN TO STATE ROUTE 24
Trip Planning
GILES GHOST TOWN AND STEAMBOAT POINT
Mars Desert Research Station
Continue straight on 100 W for half a mile
Turn right for Wolverton Mill
RTN - half a mile back to state route 24
Moonscape Overlook
CAPITOL REEF INTRODUCTION WESTBOUND 24
Food and supplies options
Turn right for Capitol Reef
Continue straight for highway 24
Food Gas and Supplies
Turn left for the Wolverton Mill
Hanksville
Turn right onto Coal Mine Road
Aldridge Ghost Town
Moki Ruins
Behunin Cabin
Turn Right for Navajo Dome
Chimney Rock
Capitol Reef Welcome Sign
So much more to see
Your next adventure
Start of Tour Highway 95
End of tour 12
Panorama Point
RTN - TURN LEFT ONTO COAL MINE ROAD
RTN - Return to Scenic Byway 24
CAPITOL GORGE TRAILHEAD
RTN - CORA OYLER SMITH
THE FLUTED WALL
END OF TOUR
Turn RIGHT for Notom Marker
Turn Right for Capitol Reef Sign
FRUITA - A DESERT OASIS

Tour FAQs

This tour has 19 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go


  • Sneakers
  • Hiking clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun glasses and/or hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Cash
  • Car charger *VERY IMPORTANT*
  • Phone mount
  • First aid kit

This tour has 19 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go! 

The park is open 24-hours. The Visitor center and Gifford house are open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm March - October. November - February, they close at 4:30 pm. 

Before visiting the park, call 435-425-3791 and use the automated answering service to check road conditions. 

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience. 

Yes! This tour is available in both an east to west and west to east direction. When you go to start the tour select the starting point and direction that works best for you! 

​​Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com  or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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