We at the lodge like to notify our guests of any upcoming events in the area – just in case you need to add some local flavor to your Southern Utah vacation. So, looking forward, there a couple of things we can suggest you check out in the coming weeks and months:

The National Park Service Centennial Celebration – 100 years ago, in 1916, congress passed the Organic Act, which established the mission of the National Park Service. Every national park is a result of this seminal act. So this August 25th (which is a Thursday) come join us in Capitol Reef for a party with cake and singing. It kicks off at 10am. Similar events will take place at almost every national park in the country, so stop by any national park and wish the NPS a very happy birthday.

Harvest Homecoming – this is a historical and cultural celebration of the Capitol Reef region. There will be examples of pioneer craftsmanship, live music and good food to purchase. The idea is to help people learn about the history of Fruita. In case you’ve never been to Capitol Reef, Fruita is the name of the town that was located in the heart of park. (We can thank the inhabitants of Fruita for all those orchards.)

Things start September 17th at 11am at the Gifford House.

Heritage Starfest – Finally, it’s almost time again for one of our favorite events of the year – the annual Heritage Starfest. A joint project presented by Capitol Reef National Park and the Entrada Institute, the Heritage Starfest is about looking up. Southern Utah is one of the places for stargazing in the world. (Capitol Reef is, after all, an official International Dark Sky Place.) Here’s their schedule:

Friday, October 9 – Capitol Reef National Park
11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Solar Telescope and viewing of solar flares at the visitor center.
3:30 pm –5:00 pm. Daytime astronomy programs at Ripple Rock Nature Center.
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Evening program with guest speaker Kate Magargal, former NPS Dark Sky Ranger and lifelong stargazer, at the campground amphitheater.
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Stargazing at the campground amphitheater with local and regional astronomers. Dress warmly.

Saturday, October 10 – Robbers Roost Bookstore, Torrey
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Evening program with Kate Magargal, former NPS Dark Sky Ranger and lifelong stargazer.
8:30 pm and beyond. Stargazing behind the bookstore. Dress warmly.