Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

The Waterpocket Fold.

Spectacular cliffs of many colors.

Capitol Reef.

The early pioneers found the 100 mile ridge called the Waterpocket Fold almost impassable. These pioneers called such barriers reefs. Erosion of these reefs or ridges over a huge expanse of time uncovered domes that look like capitol buildings. This gave rise to the name; Capitol Reef National Park.

The most famous of these domes is called Capitol Dome, which can be seen rising high over Hwy #24.


Capitol Dome.


As with campgrounds in most national parks, it is a good idea to arrive in the morning in order to find yourself an empty site. Most days by late afternoon, the campground at Fruita is full. There is only one campground inside the Park.


Capitol Reef Campground.


There are two roads within Capitol Reef National Park to explore by car. They are Highway #24 and Scenic Drive. Many of the fantastic features of the Park may be seen along these two roads.

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The Farm at Capitol Reef.


Scenic Drive.


If you like to hike, there are some very nice and not too strenuous trails inside the Park. Grand Wash and the Cassidy Arch trails are two of these.


Cassidy Arch trail.


Grand Wash trail.


Although there is some shopping in the nearby town of Torrey, we suggest that you arrive at Capitol Reef Park fully stocked up for your stay. This part of Utah does not offer too many fully stocked grocery stores.


Ancient Navajo Dunes.