Capitol Reef National Park announces summer hours

Published: Thursday, May 2 2013 12:27 p.m. MDT

A dirt road leads to monoliths in the Cathedral Valley of Capitol Reef National Park.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK — The Capitol Reef National Park visitors center will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting Friday, May 10. The center offers exhibits, a park movie and the Capitol Reef Natural History Association bookstore.

Ripple Rock Nature Center will be open 1-5 p.m. daily starting Friday, May 17. Children of all ages can enjoy exhibits and interactive displays.

Ranger-led programs will be available, including a 10 a.m. daily geology talk at the visitors center; a 2 p.m. daily nature talk at the nature center, starting May 17; and a 3 p.m. daily archaeology talk at the petroglyph panel off state Route 24, which starts May 10.

Evening campground programs, also starting May 10, are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, generally beginning an hour after sunset.

Special geology hikes, history talks, junior geologist programs and evening night sky programs will also be offered when staffing allows. See the visitors center for dates, times, locations and expanded programming.

The historic Gifford House, located a mile south of the visitors center on Scenic Drive, is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Visitors can learn about pioneer history in the museum and enjoy fresh baked pies and baked goods for purchase each day.

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