Capitol Reef National Park is fully open with implementation of its final phased resumption in operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The park has followed the Centers for Disease Control and Utah State guidance and has installed social distancing measures in the visitor center and Gifford House, open as of June 1, and at the Fruita Campground that opened the next day.
A new project begins the week of June 1 to rehabilitate and upgrade the visitor center restrooms. The restrooms will be closed for approximately six weeks. Visitors are encouraged to use vault toilet facilities along State Route 24 through the park. Flush toilets are available at the picnic area on Scenic Drive.
The health and safety of visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount, according to park officials. “At Capitol Reef National Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and opened operations will be regularly monitored.”
When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.