"Capitol Reef National Park" Capitol Reef National Park by KimberlyAnn
Capitol Reef National Park Travel Guide: 204 reviews and 459 photos
Capital Reef is named for its reef like cliffs, some of which are capped with white sandstone formations which reminded people of the U.S. Capitol. It was established to protect the spectacular Waterpocket Fold and the historical and cultural history of the area. The Waterpocket fold is a hundred miles of parallel ridges rising from the desert. This is a long wrinkle in the earth’s crust known as a monocline and it extends from the nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to Lake Powell. The exposed edges of the Fold have eroded into slickrock wilderness of massive domes, cliffs, and a maze of twisting canyons. In Capital Reef along with the Waterpocket Fold you will find brightly colored cliffs that rise 1,000 feet, Pre Columbian Indian petroglyphs, orchards, the Fruita River, and the remains of the historical Fruita district that was settled by Mormon pioneers. Along with the parks paved roads there are miles of unpaved roads that lead into remote areas of the Waterpocked Fold Country. If you have a four wheel vehicle it will be of use in these areas of the park. This is a remote park, if you have to have great shopping, large grocery stores, and fancy restaurants, then this is not the park for you.
If you visit in the spring, although you will miss the delicious fruit, you may be treated to the beauty of the orchard blossoms.
- Pros:A park with interesting history, stunning geological vista, and the opportunity to pick fresh fruit when they are in season.
- Cons:Summers can be very hot, with temperatures in the upper 90s. No food, gas, motels or hotels are located inside the park.
- In a nutshell:A remote park with hiking, interesting drives, and historical value.
Stop at the Visitor Center and look at the exhibit and watch the film. Rangers and volunteers are available to answer... more travel advice
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