How Many Days Should You Spend in Capitol Reef National Park?

Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah just west of Torrey. It offers visitors a remarkable landscape of rock formations, canyons, cliffs, and sandstone domes. And, nestled right in the middle of it all, is your getaway.

So, how many days should you spend in Capitol Reef National Park? Most people spend two to three days exploring the park and embarking on unforgettable adventures. However, you can easily spend a week and never get bored. There is so much to see and so much serenity to absorb. 

How long you should spend in Capitol Reef will depend on your availability and what you intend to do during your visit.

Organizing Your Trip to Capitol Reef National Park

As you begin planning your trip to Capitol Reef National Park, do your due diligence. Research the park, take a look at the adventures, and find the most perfect accommodations. 

Decide which adventures you simply must do and those you would like to do if time permits. This will give you an idea of how much time you will need. 

Finally, finding a resort that will give you the easiest access to the adventure you seek is a must. Of course, if it happens to have luxurious amenities and unique accommodations, that’s always a plus — such as sleeping in Conestoga wagons, teepees, and cabins. 

Each of these things will help create an unforgettable trip no matter how many days you decide to spend in Capitol Reef National Park. 

Adventures in Capitol Reef National Park

What do you consider an adventure? Do you love a slow-paced horseback ride? Or do you want to go off-roading on a Jeep safari? There is something incredible for everyone here in Utah. Below are a few of the most popular adventures in Capitol Reef National Park. What will make your must-do list? 

Llama Adventures

Imagine exploring the Capitol Reef backcountry with a pack llama of your own. It doesn’t matter whether you have never seen a llama up close or if you have done this a thousand times —- the adventure is always worth it and doesn’t require any prior experience. 

Llama day hikes are the perfect option for those looking to explore some of the remote areas of the park. You will have exclusive access to the headwaters of Sulphur Creek, Red Bluff Canyon, or the Amphitheater below Cooks Mesa, Twin Lakes, or the Boulder Rim. And it is all under the direction of a guide. 

Overnight llama treks take your adventure up a notch. You will watch the sunset and camp under the stars — with your llama in tow. 

Horseback Trail Rides

Ready to step back in time to the wild, wild, west? Horseback riding along the trails of Capitol Reef National Park will lead you through breathtaking natural surroundings. You can enjoy the solitude of a solo ride or bring your friends and family along for the adventure, too. 

Jeep Safaris

Drive through the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon. Venture into Cathedral Valley. Experience Waterpocket Fold. There is so much to see as guides take you through the park on the Burr trail in a Jeep Safari.

What’s more, you can learn so much from your professional guides and experience the true, deeper beauty of this park.  

Utah Scenic Byway 12

Over 122 miles of Highway 12 will officially be the most beautiful road you have ever driven by the time you are done. It is a scenic view like no other. And, in addition to the natural sites, you will also drive through nine historic towns giving you many more opportunities to explore. 

There is so much to see in Capitol Reef National Park. That is — if you have enough time. 

Capitol Reef Resort is a 58-acre resort in Torrey, Utah just outside the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park. Ranked as one of the Top 10 Resorts in Utah, they offer luxuriously unique accommodations with stunning sightseeing and endless adventure.