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Dates to Know for Your 2024 Visit to Cougar Ridge

Jan 21, 2024 | Capitol Reef National Park, Cougar Ridge Lodge, Our Blog | 0 comments

There’s no bad time of year to plan a stay at hotels in Torrey, UT. Spring, summer, fall, winter—every season brings something unique to Southern Utah, and to Capitol Reef National Park.

But no matter what time of year you’re planning your visit before you start, there are a few important dates that you should know.

If you’re planning a visit to Capitol Reef National Park in 2024, keep reading. This 2024 Capitol Reef National Park guide will outline the dates you need to know before you arrive at Cougar Ridge.

The End of Our Winter in Capitol Reef Sale

The first date that you’ll want to know if you’re planning a winter visit to Southern Utah is February 29. That’s because this date marks the end of our Winter in Capitol Reef Sale at Cougar Ridge.

This sale is a great opportunity to save big on your stay at Cougar Ridge. When you book two or more nights before February 29, you’ll receive a 40 percent discount on your stay! This is our biggest sale of the year and is a great excuse to check out Capitol Reef National Park during the often-overlooked winter season.

Because 2024 is a leap year, you have an extra day to take advantage of this sale. If you’re ready to enjoy a winter getaway at Cougar Ridge, don’t wait to take advantage of this sale!

Winter Hours End in the National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. But facilities within the park, like the visitor center, have daily operating hours. These hours change throughout the year, based on the crowds that time of year, as well as the length of the days.

With fewer people making their way into the park during the winter, hours are reduced at the Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center. This time of year, the visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

These winter hours come to an end on March 9, 2024. After that time, the visitor center will extend their daily hours. This means more time to stop by the visitor center to pick up a map, talk to a ranger, or to learn more about the park.

The Gifford House Store and Museum Reopens for the Season

The Gifford House Store and Museum is one of Capitol Reef’s most unique attractions. This historic homestead was built by Calvin Pendleton in 1908. His family occupied for eight years, before another family, with patriarch Jorgen Jorgensen, moved in from 1916 to 1928. In 1928, the homestead was sold to Jorgensen’s son-in-law, Dewey Gifford, and they remained in the home until 1969 when the property was sold to the National Park Service.

Today, the Gifford homestead is a museum, allowing visitors to learn about the pioneers who lived and farmed the land that we now know as Capitol Reef National Park and Torrey, Utah. The home’s former kitchen is now a gift shop, where you can purchase a variety of souvenirs—including homemade fruit pies. It’s a must-see during your stay in hotels in Torrey, UT. But if it’s on your list of things you absolutely have to do during your visit, there are a few dates that you’ll need to know.

The Gifford House Store and Museum closes during the winter season. But in 2024, it will reopen on March 14—fittingly, on Pi Day! It will be open daily until November from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a 45-minute closure from noon to 12:45 p.m. each day.

The National Park Service’s Free Entrance Days

Every year, the National Park Service hosts several free entrance days. On these days, entrance to any National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee is free. These days can be a great opportunity to save a little money while enjoying national parks in your own backyard and beyond. 

There are a few reasons to make note of the free entrance days before your visit to Utah luxury resorts. If you plan to take advantage of them, you’ll of course need to know when they are before you book your stay in hotels in Torrey, UT. 

However, because these days tend to draw a lot of people to national parks like Capitol Reef, they can be much busier than regular days. If you’re looking for a more tranquil experience during your visit, you may want to avoid these days. This is especially true if you’re planning a special visit, such as a corporate retreat in Utah.

In 2024, the National Park Service will be hosting six free-entrance days. One has already passed, on January 15. The five remaining free entrance days include:

  • April 20: the start of National Park Week
  • June 19: Juneteenth National Independence Day
  • August 4: the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Planning Your 2024 Visit to Hotels In Torrey, UT

Ready to start planning your 2024 visit to hotels in Torrey, UT. Now that you know a few important dates this year, it’s time to start planning. And that starts with booking your stay at Cougar Ridge.

Whether you’re taking advantage of our Winter in Capitol Reef sale or planning a summer visit, don’t wait to book your stay at our resort.

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