Capitol Reef National Park

Torrey, Utah

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Capitol Reef’s dominant features are its wall-like cliffs, nearly 1,000 feet high, that run like an ocean reef for a distance of 90 miles. The tops of these cliffs are a white sandstone that many people say resembles the United States Capitol – hence the name. This land of the sleeping rainbow, as the Navajo called it, is also a place of many beautiful hues. The towering rock formations take many strange shapes. Some look as if they were built by man. The park also has many interesting narrow canyons cut by the action of water and you can see the water collecting in basins within the rock strata. This rugged terrain is full of surprises. Perhaps most unusual among them are the fruit orchards in the northern part of the park. Man has left his mark on the region and, although development is now restricted, the human history of Capitol Reef can also be explored during the time you spend here. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.
Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

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Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

by Larry H. Ludmer (Hunter Publishing)

Capitol Reef’s dominant features are its wall-like cliffs, nearly 1,000 feet high, that run like an ocean reef for a distance of 90 miles. The tops of these cliffs are a white sandstone that many people say resembles the United States Capitol – hence the name. This land of the sleeping rainbow, as the Navajo called it, is also a place of many beautiful hues. The towering rock formations take many strange shapes. Some look as if they were built by man.

The park also has many interesting narrow canyons cut by the action of water and you can see the water collecting in basins within the rock strata. This rugged terrain is full of surprises. Perhaps most unusual among them are the fruit orchards in the northern part of the park. Man has left his mark on the region and, although development is now restricted, the human history of Capitol Reef can also be explored during the time you spend here. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

©  Larry H. Ludmer/Hunter Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Torrey
Season: Year-round, best late spring or early fall
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Capitol Reef National Park

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