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Do You Need a Reservation to Visit Capitol Reef National Park in 2024?

Jan 31, 2024 | Capitol Reef National Park, National Parks | 0 comments

For many guests, there’s a lot of planning that goes into booking a stay at Capitol Reef National Parks. Besides researching the best Torrey accommodation, you’ll likely also research things to do in Capitol Reef, the best hiking trails, the weather during your stay, and maybe even some day trips you could take during your stay.

One thing you may find yourself researching is whether or not you’ll need an advanced entry ticket or reservation to visit Capitol Reef National Park.

Before you book your stay at Cougar Ridge, you’ll need to know whether the park has joined the ranks of national parks requiring reservations in 2024. Keep reading to learn the answer, and to learn about other national parks requiring a reservation this year.

Do I Need a Reservation to Visit Capitol Reef National Park in 2024?

If you’re planning a last-minute visit to Capitol Reef or visiting during a busy holiday weekend, you’re in luck. Reservations are not required to visit Capitol Reef National Park in 2024.

The only thing that you’ll need to enter the park is an entrance pass or a valid national park annual pass. Both can be purchased at the entrance to the park. Entrance passes are $20 per vehicle or $15 for those entering on a motorcycle. If you’re entering on foot or by bicycle, the entrance fee is $10 per person for anyone over the age of 15. These entrance passes provide access to the park for seven consecutive days.

A national park annual pass, also known as the America the Beautiful Pass, will set you back $80. But it provides access to any National Park Service site in the country that charges an entrance fee for 12 months. Each card has two cardholders. You can use it to enter a park with one named cardholder and up to three guests, or two cardholders and two guests.

Which National Parks Require a Reservation in 2024?

While Capitol Reef National Park might not require a reservation in 2024, several other national parks across the country do, including one that you could visit on a day trip during your stay at Capitol Reef National Park hotels.

Arches National Park

One national park that will once again require reservations in 2024 is Arches National Park. To help control crowds and alleviate traffic in the park, Arches began requiring Timed Entry Tickets last year. 

These tickets are required from April 1 to October 31, and are available on a rolling basis each month, with tickets available three months in advance. For instance, if you’re planning to visit Arches National Park in May, reservations are available starting February 1 at 8 a.m. MST. Reservations for the month of June will be available starting March 1 at 8 a.m. MST. 

Advance tickets are first-come, first-serve, and can be reserved at Recreation.gov. tickets are free, but there is a $2 processing fee to reserve. If you don’t get a ticket, you can try again the day before you plan to visit the park. A limited number of tickets are available starting at 7 p.m. MDT. These tickets are only valid for the following day.

Timed Entry Tickets are required for anyone entering the park between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. If you want to visit the park before 7 a.m. or after 4 p.m., you won’t need a ticket. However, if you’re planning a day trip to Arches from your Torrey accommodation, you’ll definitely want to try for a Timed Entry Ticket to make the most of your time in Arches National Park.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park in Montana will also be requiring reservations for some visitors in 2024. This park will have two different types of reservations. The first will be for the Going-to-the-Sun Road and North Fork. The other is for Many Glacier Valley. 

Last year, reservations were also required and were good for three days. However, in 2024, reservations will only be valid for one day.

Mount Rainier National Park

Similar to Glacier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park will also offer two different types of reservations in 2024. One is for the Paradise Corridor, and the other is for the Sunrise Corridor. Reservations for both areas are required from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, which means that you can still visit the park outside of these hours if you don’t have a reservation.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park, located in Virginia, is the only national park on the East Coast requiring a reservation in 2024. Reservations will be required for anyone looking to visit Old Rag Mountain, a popular destination within the park. Only 800 reservations will be available each day, and will be required from March 1 to November 30. 

Half of the tickets for each day are released 30 days prior to that day. The other half are released five days in advance.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is another park bringing back their reservation system in 2024. Two different types of reservations will be available. One will be for Bear Lake Road Corridor and the rest of the park, while the other will be for only the rest of the park.

Like Arches, Rocky Mountain’s reservations are a timed entry ticket. This means that you’ll have to enter the park within the window outlined on your ticket. 

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park’s reservation system is called the “Peak Hours Plus” 2024 Program. Under this program, visitors to the park will need a reservation for select times and dates throughout the year. Reservations will be required from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends from April 13 to June 30, every day from July 1 to August 16, and on weekends from August 17 to August 27. Reservations will also be required on weekends from February 10 through 25, and on President’s Day on February 19.

Planning Your 2024 Stay in Capitol Reef National Park Hotels

You won’t need a reservation for the park during your stay in Capitol Reef National Park hotels. But there is another reservation that you’ll need; your stay at Cougar Ridge! Don’t wait to start planning your next visit. Book your stay today!

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