Capitol Reef National Park Holidays

Impressive Sandstone Domes and Cliffs

Utah's Capitol Reef National Park got its name from a line of sandstone domes and cliffs resembling the United States Capitol Building, yet you feel like you are on another planet.

This less visited and therefore less crowded park offers a rugged landscape of deep canyons, coloured cliffs, ridges, hidden arches and huge domes. The park preserves the Waterpocket Fold, a geological monocline (a warp in the Earth's crust) extending almost 100 miles, where potholes dot the sandstone and fill with water when it rains. It might take a little more to explore Capitol Reef National Park, but you will not be disappointed with these incredible landscapes.

Tour the Capitol Reef Scenic Byway; a 25 mile round trip with several pullouts allowing you to stop and simply take it all in. At the end of this drive, make some time to continue further to Capitol Gorge spur, which ends in a narrow channel carved between sheer cliffs.

We recommend the hike to Hickman Natural Bridge, which is a short 2 mile round trip and takes roughly an hour and a half. You will witness the Fremont Culture ruins and the Hickman Natural Bridge that spans 133 feet across a small stream bed and a large, white sandstone dome that inspired the parks name.

Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks are best discovered together on one incredible holiday, so journey through Utah & Arizona on a self drive or escorted tour and discover Capitol Reef National Park among the mesmerising American West.

Destination Highlights
  • Drive out to Capitol Gorge spur
  • Pick fruits in Fruita
  • Hike to Hickman Natural Bridge
  • Stop at the Goosenecks view area
Essential Information
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  • Time Zone GMT -7 hours
  • Currency USD - US Dollar
  • Visa Information Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel
  • Language English
  • Flight Time Approx. 13 hours; direct flights from the UK are available
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required for travel to Utah & Arizona