The park is about 121 miles northeast of Bryce Canyon National Park, 204 miles northeast of Zion National Park, 224 miles south of Salt Lake City, and 366 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.
It straddles Utah 24, which connects with I-70 to both the northeast and the northwest. Coming from the east along I-70, take exit 147 and follow Utah 24 southwest to the park. Traveling from the west along I-70, there are two options: Take exit 48 for Sigurd and follow Utah 24 east to the park; or take exit 85 for Fremont Junction, then Utah 72 south to Loa, where you pick up Utah 24 east to the park.
Those coming from Bryce Canyon National Park can follow Utah 12 northeast to its intersection with Utah 24 at the town of Torrey, and turn right (east) to Capitol Reef. If you're approaching the park from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, take Utah 276 (from Bullfrog Basin Marina) or Utah 95 (from Hite Crossing) north to the intersection with Utah 24, and follow that west to the park.
The Nearest Airport -- The closest major airport is Grand Junction Regional Airport, about 200 miles east, in Grand Junction, Colorado (tel. 970/244-9100; www.gjairport.com). It has direct flights or connections from most major cities on Allegiant, American/American Eagle, Continental, Delta, United, and US Airways.
Renting A Car -- Car rentals are available at the Grand Junction airport from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.