Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Just For Kids

For Kids

Just for Kids at Capitol Reef National Park!

Interview a ranger, map an ancient earthquake, or get your feet wet watching waterbugs! These adventures await you this summer at Capitol Reef National Park.

Our Junior Ranger program is open to children of all ages. Junior Rangers complete seven activities to receive a signed certificate and a plastic badge. The booklet for this self-guided program is available at the visitor center for a nominal charge.

The ranger-led Junior Geologist program lasts 45 minutes and is offered twice a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Participants learn about four of the park's rock layers and identify a fault line. A signed certificate and an embroidered patch come with this free program. Sign up at the visitor center or the nature center.

Everyone gets into the act with a Family Fun Pack. This backpack, full of activities, games and materials, is loaned out at the visitor center or the Ripple Rock Nature Center. Play pioneer games, learn to read a contour map, identify night constellations, or improve your bird-watching skills. Take your pick of several activities and get the whole family involved!

Visit the Ripple Rock Nature Center, located on the Scenic Drive, just south of the visitor center. Kids can spin wool, pretend to milk a cow, make cornmeal on a prehistoric grinding stone, identify fossils or play with animal puppets. Special ranger-led programs will be advertised at the visitor center. The Nature Center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, from 10 am to 3 pm and closed Sundays and Mondays.