Why You Need to Explore Capitol Reef National Park

It's hard to believe someplace this beautiful could be overshadowed.

By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

When you think of Utah national parks, you're probably immediately flooded with visions of Delicate Arch, Bryce Canyon, and Angels Landing. These iconic locations are iconic for a reason...they're freakin' gorgeous. In Utah, it's tough to compete for attention in the whole "Beautiful Places" department, but Capitol Reef National Park is like the little brother who is actually just as cool as the big brother, but but doesn’t make a big deal about it.

What does that mean for you? Equally epic scenery with smaller crowds to share it with. So before you jump to the top of your bucket list and head for Utah's most popular parks, take a look at our list and explore Capitol Reef on your next visit to southern Utah.

1. Hike Capitol Reef’s Sulphur Creek

Photo: Thomas Burton

2. Hike Cassidy Arch

Photo: Nick Oman

3. Camp in Capitol Reef National Park

Photo: Mike Fennell

4. Hike the Grand Wash, Capitol Reef National Park

Photo: Tobin Akehurst

5. Photograph Cathedral Valley

Photo: Nick Oman

6. Hike to Hickman Natural Bridge

Photo: Nick Oman

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Cover photo: Mike Fennell

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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