Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Nature & Wildlife in Capitol Reef

Plants

Plants Many plants are found throughout Capitol Reef, both common and exotic. Rare and Protected Capitol Reef is home to many plants. Here are just a few of the rare and protected plants found in the park.   ...

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Flora & Fauna

Life is abundant along the banks of the Fremont River. Cotton-woods, willows and tama-risks mingle and compete. All must have enough water, but the exotic tama-risk, introduced into the Southwest from the Mediterranean during the 1930s, is more aggressive. Stealing water from the native plants, the tamarisk crowds them ...

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Animals

Mountain Lion Mountain lions (Felis concolor) are also called cougars, pumas, panthers, painters, and catamounts. They roam throughout this area in both desert and mountain country, and are usually quiet and elusive. Although your chances of seeing one of these secretive animals is slight, they have been observed in ...

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Natural World

The Waterpocket Fold defines Capitol Reef National Park. A nearly 100-mile long warp in the Earth's crust, the Waterpocket Fold is a classic monocline: a regional fold with one very steep side in an area of otherwise nearly horizontal layers. A monocline is a "step-up" in the rock ...

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Geology

Geology CAPITOL REEF The most scenic portion of the Waterpocket Fold, found near the Fremont River, is known as Capitol Reef: capitol for the white domes of Navajo Sandstone that resemble capitol building domes, and reef for the rocky cliffs which are a barrier to travel, like a coral ...

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