A combination of a wrinkle in the earth's crust and an uplift created a "Waterpocket Fold" which stretches for 100 miles in
southern Utah. Capitol Reef NP contains part of that eroded Waterpocket which contains colorful cliffs, massive domes, soaring
spires, stark monoliths, twisting canyons, and graceful arches. |
Capitol Reef gets its name from the fact that the Waterpocket was impassable in early times and it correlated to a reef in the ocean. Many of the domes are similar to the Capitol Dome in Washington DC. Hence, Capitol Reef.
We spent a lot of time driving and hiking through the National Park. I took over 250 pictures and had a heck of a time reducing them to the few which I show on this Website.
The park has two paved roads. State highway 24 passes through the northern part of the park from east to west. The Scenic Drive heads south in the park from highway 24 for 10 miles. There are several unpaved roads which end at trail heads. Most of these unpaved roads are in washes, gorges, or draws. The visitors center is on the western side of the park on highway 24.
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