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Capitol Reef, Waterpocket Fold, Land of the Sleeping Rainbow—all are colorful names to describe a park with many striking characteristics.

Waterpocket Fold, the main feature of the park, is the name of a 100-mile-long fold in the earth's surface. This uplift contains innumerable eroded basins or pockets that hold thousands of gallons of rainwater. These pockets of water have affected the history of humanity within the park and the flora and fauna of the region.

Entering the park from the west gives the most impressive view of the 1,000-foot-high stone barrier into which erosive forces have sculpted fascinating canyons, mesas, buttes and mazes. Once in the park, other astonishing panoramas await you.

Within a short distance of the visitor center, you will see Capitol Dome, Chimney Rock, the Goosenecks and the Egyptian Temple. Hickman Bridge, the Golden Throne and Capitol Gorge reward you after easy to moderate hikes. Prehistoric petroglyphs, the Fruita Schoolhouse, the Gifford Farmhouse and the Behunin Cabin speak of bygone eras and can be reached by car. The 20-mile round-trip Scenic Drive will take you past the Ripple Rock Nature Center and many of the park's features.

If you are seeking a remote wilderness experience, Capitol Reef has it. To the north of Route 24, dirt roads, which generally require high-clearance or 4-wheel-drive vehicles, lead into the park's north end through the heart of Cathedral Valley, an area of monolithic formations of Entrada and Curtis sandstones, some of which are 500 feet high. South of Route 24, graded roads, usually suitable for high-clearance vehicles, lead into some very fine hiking country. Besides good hiking opportunities, the southern part of the park also offers spectacular views of the folded strata of Capitol Reef and the Henry Mountains. Muley Twist Canyon is in the southern end of the park, as is Brimhall Bridge. Check with a park ranger before setting out for any of these more remote locations. Weather conditions may make the roads slick and impassable.

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I made a custom essay and I found that it is located on the Waterpocket Fold in central Utah, Capitol Reef National Park offers rugged, beautiful scenery with deep and narrow canyons, spectacular vistas, great expanses of slickrock and multi-colored rock layers exposed by the massive fold in the earth's crust. Petroglyphs give evidence of the early inhabitants of the area dating back at least 10,000 years. The area also has a more recent history in evidence with the orchards and buildings from the Fruita community that was founded by Mormon pioneers in 1880.
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Valley Forge Events Highlight the American Revolution

November 13, 2009, 8:23 am
Valley Forge has an exciting lineup of events in store for November. From free Friday night movies to special talks and trolley tours of the park, there’s fun to be had for the whole family! Check out some of the highlights below: Secret Side of the American Revolution LectureAs ...

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Opening Weekend for Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Is Filled With Tradition, Presentations, Music, and Dance

November 12, 2009, 6:34 am
The 75th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway will officially get underway November 12, 2009, with students from Cherokee, NC, schools participating as part of the launch. The students have been studying the history and heritage of the Parkway and of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with much ...

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Expansion Proposed for Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

November 6, 2009, 7:26 am
Public fascination with one of the Cold War's most fearsome relics, the Minuteman Missile, could mean a new tourist stop in South Dakota.Sen. Tim Johnson introduced a bill Wednesday that would transfer 25 acres of National Forest Service land to the National Park Service for a new visitors center to accommodate the growing ...

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The Adirondacks is a state park (largest in US), but divided into plots of private land. How did that come about? Any others like that?
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Adirondack State Park was created by assembling pieces of state land that was intermixed with public property. Many national parks also have privately-held lands within them called in-holdings. Grand Teton, Acadia, Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are a few that come to mind that were created when private or public individuals purchased land with the sole purpose of setting it aside (John D Rockefeller was well know for doing this on the sly). In some instances, private landholders didn't want to sell their land… for any price. THe government couldn't necessarily use eminent domain to obtain the land and it remained in the owner's hands.
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What is the origin of the name "Betty" on the Skyland Drive trail called Betty's Rock?
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Betty's Rock Trail is named after Mrs. Betty Allis. Her husband James built the trail.
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John Brown Assessed 150 Years After Harpers Ferry Raid

November 2, 2009, 7:37 am
The United States in the first half of the 19th century was a nation divided on the issue of slavery. In the American South, slaves were the primary labor force on large plantations growing cotton, tobacco and other lucrative cash crops. But a growing chorus of voices was calling for an end to slavery. ...

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Historical Society spotlights park's past Glacier: A park with a past

November 2, 2009, 7:16 am
If each year was a page, Glacier National Park's storybook would stack as high as 400,000 copies of the entire Harry Potter series. Spanning 1.6 billion years, Glacier's tale is one of tremendous pressure, bubbling lava, rifts in the earth that separated even the hardest rock and diamond-sharp icebergs carving peaks and valleys.But just as dramatic ...

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The most loved lady: 123 years young, the reopened Statue of Liberty stands taller than ever

October 28, 2009, 9:46 am
A great editorial from today's New York Daily News: It was 123 years ago today that Manhattan office boys first rained ticker tape down on a parade, creating what became a grand New York celebratory tradition.The occasion was the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, Oct. 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland presiding. The ...

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‘I’m glad I lost’: Hansen at first fought Grand Teton expansion

October 22, 2009, 1:09 pm
Cliff Hansen is known throughout Wyoming for his achievements as governor and U.S. senator. But recently, Hansen was in the national spotlight when he was featured in Ken Burns' popular PBS documentary series on America's national parks for his opposition to - and, later, his support of - the expansion of Grand Teton National ...

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