Capitol Reef – Explore The Ancient Splendor, Modernly

Capitol Reef – Explore The Ancient Splendor, Modernly

By Chad Taylor
March 08, 2018
Stay in wagons, teepees or cabins; get around by way of Jeeps, horses, or llamas.

The perfect blend of ancient and modern history. Capitol Reef National Park boasts a wonderland of scenic views, including pioneer wall carvings that are hundreds of years old, Native American petroglyphs that are thousands of years old, and picturesque rock formations that are hundreds of millions of years old. And now there’s a resort that’s only five years old, and it’s the perfect place to stay at the doorstep of Capitol Reef National Park. Here’s why:

Accommodating Accommodations

Conestoga Wagons

It doesn’t get more authentic than this...except the electricity, super comfy beds, and access to private bathrooms. Capitol Reef Resort's Conestoga Wagons are situated around a communal fire pit and offer outstanding views of the surrounding landscape. They sleep up to six people...perfect for a family!


Like the abodes that may have dotted this area 200 years ago but with a few differences: 250 square feet, water resistant, double pillow top king bed, a flat-screen TV, and a cozy sitting area. As you can imagine, these teepees book up fast, so we'd recommend to make your reservation well in advance.


These lavish 430-square-foot cabins have everything you need, including a microwave, refrigerator and even a flat-screen television with surround sound. Various sizes are available to fit the needs of your group. You may never leave (but you should, because Capitol Reef needs to be explored.)

Adventurous Adventures

Jeep Safari Tours

If you decide to leave your accommodation, you can head out to Waterpocket Fold, Cathedral Valley, or Temple of the Sun in a rugged Jeep (instead of trying to offroad in your rented Hyundai). Your knowledgable guide will provide you with interesting facts and anecdotes about the area.

Pack Llama Trips

So, you’ve done a bunch of hikes. Maybe you’ve been to a handful of national parks and have the stickers on your Subaru’s cargo box to prove it. But we’re pretty sure you’ve never hiked alongside your own pack llama. This is one of the most unique adventures you can embark on in the Capitol Reef area. Imagine the cred you'll get on social media!

Horseback Rides

Trot through Fishlake National Forest to some of the best viewpoints of Capitol Reef National Park. Choose from 2-or-4-hour rides and traverse this land the way its settlers did. The best part? No experience necessary.

Click here for rates, availability, and to start planning your trip.