Capitol Reef National Park

Getting To Capitol Reef

By Air: Major airlines serve Salt Lake City and Cedar City in Utah, Las Vegas in Nevada and Grand Junction in Colorado. From there, you can rent a car and drive to the park. By Rental Car: Cars are available in Salt Lake City, Cedar City, Moab, Richfield, Las Vegas ...


Geologic History The Waterpocket Fold defines Capitol Reef National Park. A nearly 100-mile-long warp in the earth's crust, the fold is a classic monocline: a regional fold with one very steep side in an area of otherwise nearly horizontal rock layers. The Waterpocket Fold formed between 50 million and 70 ...

Sights To See

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 ...

Visitor Services

Travel northeast from Bryce Canyon on scenic Route 12 past Escalante and Boulder. Turning east on Route 24 will bring you to Capitol Reef and nearly 250,000 square miles of towering cliffs and eroded landscape. Park Fees: Entrance to Capitol Reef is $5 per car or family on bikes, $2 ...

Capitol Reef National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Al Hendricks
Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park is bursting with unique natural and cultural history. The park was established to protect its infamous Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline that extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Comprised of 378 square miles of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths, this park is truly spectacular.
Park Acreage: 
Highest Point: 
Billings Point
Highest Point Elevation: 
8960 feet
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Park Sights: 
Waterpocket Fold; Freemont Culture Rock Art; Bolder Mountain; Thousand Lakes Mountains; Triassic Tracks; Fremont River; Escalante River; Capitol Dome; Chimney Rock; The Goosenecks; The Egyptian Temple; Hickman Bridge; The Golden Throne; Capitol Gorge; Fruita Schoolhouse; Gifford Farmhouse; Behunin Cabin; Brimhall Bridge; Muley Twist Canyon
Endangered Species: 
Wright's Fishhook Cactus; Utah Prairie Dog
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $3
Nearest Major City: 
Torrey, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Torrey, UT; Teasdale, UT; Bicknell, UT; Lyman, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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