National Park

Capitol Reef Dog Policy

Capitol Reef National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Dogs Limited
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

The park's Waterpocket Fold is a 100-mile (160 km) monocline that exhibits the earth's diverse geologic layers. Other natural features include monoliths, cliffs, and sandstone domes shaped like the United States Capitol.[1]

Capitol Reef National Park is more dog friendly than many National Parks. Dogs are allowed on a few trails in developed areas, and are allowed at the campgrounds. Additionally, Capitol Reef has orchards that were originally established by pioneers. Dogs are allowed in unfenced/unlocked orchards.

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Pet Policy Details
378 mi2
Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on the following trails in developed areas:

  • The trail from the visitor center to the Fruita Campground
  • Fremont River Trail from the campground to the gate at Hattie's Field

Dogs are also allowed in unfenced or unlocked orchards.

Dogs are not allowed on any other trails, or in the backcountry.

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed in campgrounds and the Chesnut and Doc Inglesby picnic areas at Capitol Reef while on a 6' leash. Dogs may not be left unattended, and there are no kennels in the park.

Campground Dogs Allowed? # Dog Friendly Sites Equipment
Capitol Reef Np Group Campsite Yes 1 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Fruita Campground Yes 65 Car, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Primitive Campsites At Cathedral Campground Yes Info
Primitive Campsites At Cedar Mesa Campground Yes Info
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Road Policy

Dogs are allowed within 50 feet of the center line of both paved and dirt roads, as well as parking areas, while they're on a 6' leash.

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[1] Overview text from the Wikipedia article List of national parks of the United States, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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