"Capitol Reef National Park" Capitol Reef National Park by KimberlyAnn

Capitol Reef National Park Travel Guide: 206 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 and Cons
  • 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.
  • Last visit to Capitol Reef National Park: Jan 1999
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    The comments are simply great. I am to make a long trip-3 weeks to the parks in the area in Sept and this helps much. Thank you

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Another amazing National Park. Enjoyed reading the historic school and seeing the pics of the apple flower blossoms and rock carving too :)

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Superb tips and photos. Many thanks for sharing.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2006 at 3:42 AM

    Thanks for the fantastic tips. We're planning a trek out there, next vacation. I'll be visiting here often.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2005 at 4:22 PM

    Anne, your pages on Capitol Reef National Park is certainly star-worthy. Your details, descriptions, interesting and helpful tips, and wonderful photos make for excellent reading & viewing.

  • Easty's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2004 at 8:04 AM

    Well Done Page!!! Lots of useful information.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 1:46 PM

    Another great page! We drove briefly through the park and along water pocket fold drive. I want to go back!!!!


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