Capitol Reef National Park

Who's Who at the Park

Park Partners To contact the park, please dial (435)425-3791. You will be transferred to the park's voice mail system, which will then provide instructions on contacting the staff member or division you would like to reach. Capitol Reef Natural History Association 115 Shirley Torgerson, Executive Director, Natural History Association 113 Diana Elmer, Operations ...

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History

HISTORY & CULTURE DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park comprises 378 square miles of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 miles of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, extending like a ...

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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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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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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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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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Sights to See

Orchards You are welcome to stroll in any unlocked orchard and you may consume as much ripe fruit as you want while in the orchards. Fruit may not be picked in quantity until the designated harvest begins. Orchards that are open for picking are signed as such. A fee is ...

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Walking & Hiking

Hiking and Backpacking DAY HIKING In the Fruita area, there are 15 day hiking trails with trailheads located along Utah Hwy. 24 and the Scenic Drive. These trails offer the hiker a wide variety of options, from easy strolls along smooth paths over level ground to strenuous hikes involving ...

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Photography

Commercial Filming Capitol Reef National Park, located in south-central Utah, contains over 240,000 acres of spectacular desert scenery, geologic landscapes and unique wildlife. More than 700,000 visitors annually pass through Capitol Reef. The park is open all year with most visitation occurring between March and November. I. Policy ...

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Things To Do

Things To Do The Fruita Schoolhouse is a restored and refurbished historic structure located on Utah Highway 24, .8 miles east of the visitor center. The blacksmith shop, .5 miles south on the Scenic Drive, offers a recorded message about life in a Mormon pioneer community. The Historic Gifford ...

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