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Capitol Reef National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Capitol Reef National Park: Milky Way Portraits & Stargazing

1. Capitol Reef National Park: Milky Way Portraits & Stargazing

Experience the wonders of the cosmos on a guided stargazing tour under the star-studded skies of Capitol Reef National Park. Be led to a remote location so the stellar displays above can shine even brighter. Benefit from convenient hotel transfer from Torrey, refreshments, and a souvenir photograph. Start your night adventure with a pickup from the location of your choosing in Torry aboard a luxury, off-road SUV. Relax with comfort items including blankets, hot or cold beverages, and snacks. Follow your guide's instructions and be transported to a dark location to get obstruction-free views of the breathtaking galaxy. Give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness while you gain deeper insight into the universe. Once you've settled in, take in as many majestic sights as possible. Celebrate your experience with the lasting memory of a photo of you and your group with the Milky Way as a backdrop. At the end of your stargazing experience, return to your accommodation in the city with your memories locked in a portrait photograph.

Capitol Reef National Park: Cathedral Valley Day Trip

2. Capitol Reef National Park: Cathedral Valley Day Trip

Embark on a 70-mile long journey into the heart of Capitol Reef National Park on this off-road day trip in Southern Utah. See wondrous highlights like panoramic views of Cathedral Valley, the famous Gypsum Sinkhole, and the shimmering Glass Castle. As you drive into Capitol Reef National Park, see the amazing, rainbow-like painted desert formations of Bentonite clay and numerous canyons. Catch a glimpse of desert washes and fossilized shorelines the inland ocean that once covered the region millions of years ago. Halfway through the tour, you will stop to enjoy panoramic views from three overlook points: Lower South Desert, Upper South Desert, and Cathedral Valley. As you traverse back, admire desert highlights like the Gypsum Sinkhole and visit geological phenomenons like the Temples of the Sun and Moon.

Capitol Reef National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Capitol Reef National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Avoid the crowds and visit Capitol Reef National Park on a self-guided audio driving tour. Follow your audio guide as you discover the highlights and history of the park including petroglyphs, an old schoolhouse, and the Fruita Orchards. Capitol Reef National Park boasts some of the most impressive and important geology in all of southern Utah. There’s plenty to see and do as you explore historic spots, scenic overlooks, and family-friendly hiking trails. During your tour you can: • 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

Bryce Canyon & Capitol Reef National Park: Airplane Tour

4. Bryce Canyon & Capitol Reef National Park: Airplane Tour

Get unobstructed views of Utah’s beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park on this private airplane tour. Marvel at the spectacular Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument from a vantage point that’s hard to beat. Depart from Canyonlands Regional Airport to start the tour. Fly over remote canyons to reach the unique Waterpocket Folds of Capitol Reef National Park. Your knowledgeable pilots will be giving a fun description and explanation of the geological formations along your entire tour. Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges. The park is a vast showcase of colorful rock pinnacles and spires, known as hoodoos, which rise from a series of natural amphitheaters. Land at Bryce Canyon Airport and enjoy some time to stretch your legs and use the facilities. Once back on the plane, head southeast to meet up with the Colorado River. Spot the Grand Staircase and see the plateaus that descend from Bryce Canyon south toward the Grand Canyon, marked by vertical drops at the Pink Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, and White Cliffs. Follow the Colorado River the majority of the time back to Canyonlands National Park before landing back in Moab.

Utah: Capitol Reef National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

5. Utah: Capitol Reef National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

Explore Utah's Capitol Reef National Park on a self-guided audio tour. See major natural landmarks like Twin Rocks, Chimney Rocks, and the Fluted Wall as you drive at your own pace. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin your tour in the town of Torrey. Catch your first glimpse of the unique landscape that has made the Reef famous as you approach the national park. Learn about the park’s history and the tribes who once lived there. See the Twin Rocks and Chimney Rock, iconic formations that will teach you how to identify the different geologic layers you’ll see throughout the Reef. Catch the views from Panorama Point and Gooseneck Overlook. Visit the Fluted Wall, which offers a glimpse back 240 million years into the past. Then, turn your gaze upward to gape at the Castle, a natural fortress overlooking the park. Arrive at the Visitor Center and the official entrance to the most scenic part of the Reef. Go past the Ripple Rock Nature Center and to the Fruita Historic District. Explore this remnant of an old Mormon pioneer town. Continue on toward Danish Hill to take in some more views with a chance to spot some local wildlife. Pass Oyler Mine next, where workers once harvested uranium. Learn about the local Paiute tribe and their traditions and legends. Stop at other major sights, including the Capitol Gorge Trailhead, the ancient petroglyphs, the Hickman Bridge Trail, and the Behunin Cabin.

Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante Self-Guided Driving Tour

6. Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante Self-Guided Driving Tour

Explore the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on a self-guided tour. Follow the app's directions and learn about the area's history, geology, flora, fauna, and tribal legends. Download the app and start your adventure into the stunning Utah landscape near the Red Canyon Visitor Center, perched high up on the rocky cliffs of Flaming Gorge. Admire the views of the vast Red Canyon, carved by the Green River many eons ago. Next, pass by Bryce Canyon National Park and get a crash course in geology. Then, reach the staircase itself, and get an insight into the ancient Fremont, Puebloans, and the Paiute who once called this land home. Leap back in time another 75 million years and learn why the staircase is so rich in dinosaur fossils. Drive to the next stop at the breathtaking Powell Point vista, where you can see the land unfurl for miles and miles in front of you. Continue into the Escalante Petrified Forest, another geological time machine, before heading to Spooky Gulch, a particularly narrow and winding crevasse that is ideal for hiking. Then, make your way to Upper Calf Creek Falls before following the famous Hogback, a dramatic, winding roadway with stunning views off to both sides. Sail through the tiny town of Boulder to Dixie National Forest. Take in the unique Heritage Overlook and Homestead Overlook. Marvel at the panoramic views of the whole landscape of Dixie Forest and the Grand Staircase. End your tour at Capitol Reef, where you will learn about wildfires.

16+ National Parks Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle

7. 16+ National Parks Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle

Start any of these tours by downloading the app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. This bundle includes: • Grand Canyon • Yellowstone • Grand Teton • Rocky Mountains • Great Smokies & Blue Ridge Parkway • Shenandoah • Acadia • Sequoia & Kings Canyon • Joshua Tree • Arches • Bryce • Canyonlands • Capitol Reef • Zion • Grand Staircase • Monument Valley • Death Valley • Olympic National Park Read more about 16+ National Parks Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle - https://www.viator.com/tours/Moab/National-Parks-Self-Guided-Driving-Tours-Bundle/d5600-259428P10?mcid=56757 Marvel at a mile-deep crack in the earth at the Grand Canyon. Tour the rim, hike eye-popping trails, and learn how this awe-inspiring landscape formed. Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone, but don’t stop there! See Grand Prismatic, observe the nation’s largest bison herd, get the truth about the Yellowstone supervolcano, and more! Travel to new heights in the Grand Teton mountain range, offering unbelievable vistas, dramatic mountain passes, and tons of history. Explore Colorado’s dramatic Rockies, from gorgeous vistas to the enormous Bear Lake. Plus, learn how this park exists thanks to some very capable women. Discover why Great Smoky is the most-visited national park. Find sparkling waterfalls, verdant hiking trails, and a rich Cherokee heritage. Plus, explore little-known Civil War history at Cades Cove. Cruise through tree-filled mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive, both of which offer perfect wilderness sights as well as plentiful wildlife and legends. Get in touch with nature at Acadia, one of the greenest places in the country. Or visit in the fall for a truly unforgettable display of autumn foliage! Visit living giants in Sequoia, home to the largest trees on Earth. Then go beyond those groves to Kings Canyon, boasting dramatic vistas for those seeking the perfect photo op. Cruise through Joshua Tree, where two deserts meet. See great desert hikes, wacky Dr. Seuss-like trees, and some of the best sunsets you’ll ever see. Discover the gravity-defying wonder of Arches, named for impossible rock formations millions of years in the making. Hear how they formed and what they meant to the tribes who lived here. Marvel at the towering hoodoos which dot Bryce Canyon. Dive into the legends behind them, including the harrowing tale of giants who were turned to stone. Visit the staggering beauty of Canyonlands, home to the stunning red desert and more canyons than you can shake a stick at. Stand atop breathtaking vistas, find a piece of history at Aztec Butte, and much more. Tour remnants of a pioneer town in Capitol Reef. Explore striking contrasts as you move from harsh desert to verdant orchards! See why Mormon pioneers thought Zion was heaven on earth! Visit natural wonders from towering rock temples to emerald pools and a hiking trail like no other. Unearth hidden secrets at the Grand Staircase. Visit a petrified forest, sparkling waterfalls, and sweeping vistas. Plus, learn about dino fossils found here! Visit the spot where Forrest Gump ended his famous run at Monument Valley! Explore this valley’s jaw-dropping mesas and spires which made it Hollywood famous.

Action+ All Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours

8. Action+ All Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours

Create your own cross-country trail, following recommended routes between 50 of the best attractions the United States has to offer. Enjoy audio and visual guides that are curated by local experts, creative writers, and professional voice artists, conveniently packed into the Action Tour Guide App. Start your adventure at Gettysburg Heritage Center, and explore the Civil War's most important battlegrounds. See the roots of the revolution in Boston and Philadelphia. Visit Lexington and Concord to imagine the famous “shot heard ‘round the world”. Drive out to Cape Cod or Cape Ann for the unique shoreline and quaint New England towns. Turn back time at the Gilded Age mansions in Newport. Roll down your windows on the Pacific Coast Highway, and take in the majesty of Big Sur. Head west to Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks, and admire each breath-taking landscape. Swing north to Yellowstone, home to volcanic springs and the Old Faithful geyser. Take your time completing each tour and choosing your ideal route after browsing all 50 options. Stay entertained along the way with texts and visuals that accompany each audio guide. The hardest part is deciding where to start.

From Salt Lake City: Private Capitol Reef National Park Tour

9. From Salt Lake City: Private Capitol Reef National Park Tour

Discover Capitol Reef and the historic people who inhabited this desert oasis. This private tour can include hikes in Capitol Gorge, Grand Wash, and Hickman Bridge. Other iconic formations can be seen on an off-road adventure through Cathedral Valley. During the 3.5 hour drive from Salt Lake City, your guide will describe the many options that are available for you to explore in Capitol Reef National Park. Based on your preferences, your knowledgeable guide will make a customized touring plan that will maximize your experience in the park. Capitol Reef lives in the shadows of several more popular parks and therefore has preserved a peaceful, undisturbed feeling here. Recommended hikes include Hickman Bridge, which is one of the most famous arches in the park and the narrows of Grand Wash. Expand your adventure, as Capitol Reef also has a few fantastic off-road drives through scenery filled canyons and valleys which are also highly recommended activities. Rest assured, world-class experiences abound in this less frequented park.

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What people are saying about Capitol Reef National Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

This was such an amazing experience! We had such a great time even though it was so cold! They brought hot chocolate and snacks which was such a lovely thing!! I loved getting pictures with the Milky Way! They picked a very great remote and quiet place to stargaze. We enjoyed listening to all the great stories about the stars and getting to see the beetle juice!(:

An excellent private day. Our guide, Miss Jenny, gave us lots of info on the geology, the creation of the mountains, flora and fauna. Very available. We discovered Cathedral Valley and Capitol Reef from a fantastic angle. You really have to do this trip.

Great trip! Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area and knew where the best picture spots were. The vehicle was in prime condition and the roads were in good condition too. Plenty of snacks and water.

This was an incredible experience. Jenny my guide was amazing & super knowledgeable about the stars, planets etc. The skies at night in Utah are not to be missed.

Mel , our guide was great Was knowledgeable about the area Didn’t mind answering our questions and was helpful with suggestions on what else to go in the area