Staying Safe at Capitol Reef National Park

Located in Utah’s Canyon Country, Capitol Reef National Park encompasses a vast desert landscape defined by buttes, sandstone canyons, ridges, and monoliths. This national park’s stunning geological features draw visitors from around the country every year. Be sure to take the necessary safety precautions when visiting Capitol Reef National Park to ensure a safe trip!


Intense flash floods can happen suddenly and without warning, so avoid narrow slot canyons if it begins to rain. Floods can begin from storms that occur upstream, so if you’re hiking and the water begins to rise or the ground begins to get muddy, seek higher ground immediately. 

The desert temperatures can be unbearably sunny and hot, so it’s imperative that you drink plenty of water when visiting the park to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. Wear sun protection, including sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.


Capitol Reef National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including rodents, coyotes, cougars, black bears, bats, and more. It’s important to keep your food and scented items properly stored and out of reach from wild animals. Never approach or feed wildlife and make sure to always keep a safe distance, both for their safety and yours. 

Other Concerns 

Capitol Reef National Park is home to steep cliffs that can become slippery and dangerous. Make sure to always stay on the trail, watch your footing, keep a close eye on children, and stay back from cliff edges.

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