Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is a US National Park located in southern Utah. Its unifying geographic feature is the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth’s crust which is a hundred miles long and 65 million years old.

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Capitol Reef National Park preserves 378 square miles and features many colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and domes. “Capitol Reef” was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building and is known as a “reef”.

The middle portion of the park is the best known. Here the raw beauty of the towering cliffs contrasts with the green oasis that 19th-century Mormon pioneers created along the Fremont River.

When to Go: Year-round.  The park is open the whole year, although May through September are the most popular months. Spring and fall are mild and ideal for hiking. Winter is cold but brief. Summer temperatures often climb into the upper 90’s (degrees Fahrenheit), but nights cool down into the 50’s.

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source: Nikki Francis

 For information on planning your trip, visit the National Park Service.