"A Capitol Reef Pie Companion" Top 5 Page for this destination Capitol Reef National Park by richiecdisc

Capitol Reef National Park Travel Guide: 206 reviews and 459 photos

It is not hard to imagine the colorfully hued rock formations of Utah being submerged under a sea of blue. They would perhaps fit better there than sitting incongruously on the planet's exterior. Capitol Reef National Park's name comes from its hallmark feature, the Waterpocket Fold. This 100 mile unbroken buckling of the Earth's surface was called a reef by early settlers referring to its impenetrability.

more than an unusual wrinkle

Yet, the least famous and visited of Utah's National Parks is much more than this unusual wrinkle on the planet's crust; it is valley full of life with a river flowing through it. The Fremont River sustained the Navajo, from whom the sandstone forming the park's colorful features takes its name, and the Mormons who forged a land of fruit and plenty in an otherwise unlikely place.

The Land of the Sleeping Rainbow

The park's lack of visitors is one of its great pleasures, with one of the more developed but least used hiking networks among Utah parks. Combine this with surreal scenic drives as well as well-preserved remnants of early Mormon settler life and one can easily be wooed by an idyllic pastoral quality, where fruit orchards and rainbow rocks mix effortlessly in a place the Navajo so eloquently called The Land of the Sleeping Rainbow.

  • Last visit to Capitol Reef National Park: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Segolily's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    I love Capitol Reef. I was pleased to read that this park was one of the highlights of your trip. Too many people hurry through. BTW though the Utah Juniper perhaps should be the state tree, that honor unfortunately goes to the Colorado Blue Spruce.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Wow Richie, this really was a amazing find! I loved the spectacular views from the Navajo Knobs! Excellent shots of those colourful birds and the old cottonwoods too. You and D seem to be having a ball!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:14 AM

    We loved Capitol Reef and like you were surprised at how stunning it is when talked about so little. We were sad that we hadn't allowed enough time on our packed schedule to see it properly, so it's great to "see" more of it with you & D now :-)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Haha, I am with you: it is easy to have an affair with some extra special rock formations!! This one is exceptional and I can almost see it in this extra special light atmosphere :-) Oh and don't you love how the moon is always there?

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    I hope you don't get the idea that it is always so easy to smooth over an affair...one pie might not always be enough ;p

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    LOL...that is cute story. Ok, Wife, your Photography and the Pie Rocks! Lovely page Richie!


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