The Scenic Drive begins at the park Visitor Center and leads southward ten miles to Pleasant Creek Road. It is an easy, paved road that follows the western side of Capitol Reef. The route provides access to Grand Wash, Capitol Gorge, Pleasant Creek and the South Draw Roads as well as Old Wagon, Cohab Canyon and Fremont River Trails.
The Scenic Drive is not a loop, so you must return via the same road unless making a long four-wheel drive trek using South Draw Road. An entrance fee is charged for each vehicle using Scenic Drive, with the entrance station located just south of Fruita campground. Fees are not charged for holders of Golden Eagle, Golden Age, or Golden Access passes. A free Guide to the Scenic Drive brochure is available at the entrance station.
Directions from Highway 24: Turn southward at the visitor center on to Scenic Drive.
(NOTE: Snowfall may occur during the winter. Check conditions at visitor center.)