Capitol Reef National park is open all year and winter is the perfect time to explore the area, sometimes it can even feel like you have the whole place to yourself. Winter is particularly wonderful for photography and the warm winter light, sunny days, and bright blue skies. If it happens to snow, the red rock becomes a special kind of magical with a dusting of snow.


Capitol Reef Country is very unique in that the west side of Capitol Reef is an alpine area that gets lots of snow and offers opportunity to enjoy some of the best snow on earth in the high mountains, Capitol Reef National Park itself may experience little to no snow, and the desert region to the east is a perfect winter escape with snow-free desert landscapes. 

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There is no shortage of winter activities, visitors to visiting the west side of Capitol Reef Country enjoy the snow-covered elevations for snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or an incredible snowy winter adventure. In lower elevations to the east winter day-time temperatures are very conducive to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all terrain vehicle adventures.


Use good judgement any time of year, and always prepare with the right amount of clothing (bring layers) and gear. Winter can be the best time of year to visit this region for a beautiful and peaceful escape.

With elevations ranging from 4,000 to 11,000 feet you’ll find a wide diversity in temperatures and activities available through all seasons. Year-round there is something here for you!

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