WELCOME to the scenically diverse region encompassing Utah's Capitol Reef National Park. This vacation destination includes mountains, arches, plateaus, and astounding desert landscapes. The contrast in elevation and terrain makes this the perfect destination for those seeking solitude or outdoor adventure. This region is an excellent multi-day holiday destination, central to Utah's scenic attractions, and easily accessible from major cities such as Salt Lake City, Denver, and Las Vegas. Unpack once and discover a realm that is conveniently situated between Bryce Canyon, the Grand Staircase, Goblin Valley State Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Lake Powell. Explore three different adventure zones. View a map here.
The Western Highlands zone includes the Boulder and Thousand Lakes Mountains. This area is ideal for summer hiking, mountain biking, atv riding, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
Within the central Capitol Reef zone is this 70 mile long national park that is part of the famous water-pocket fold. You'll want to set-aside several days to hike trails that lead through dramatic rock formations, view ancient Native American writings, hand-pick your own fruit from historic pioneer orchards, or traverse the seldom-seen recesses of the park.
The Eastern High Desert zone includes unique desert landscapes. It's a place where dinosaurs once roamed, a place with terrain that is similar to the planet Mars or our very own moon. This region was once the hide-out for famous outlaws, and offers access to the western edge of Canyonlands National Park. From here you'll have access to the Henry Mountains with its' large herd of free roaming buffalo, and Lake Powell with over 2,000 miles of shoreline.
ACTIVITIES: Guided or self-guided outdoor adventure opportunities are extensive. Enjoy scenic drives, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, jeep tours, wildlife viewing and much more. View a list of activity guide companies here.
SERVICES: Across this region are many lodging options including campgrounds, cabins, bed & breakfasts, inns and motels. Dining opportunities are diverse, and you'll find all the services you'll need for a multi-day - holiday experience.