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Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah. It is 100 miles (160 km) long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 378 mi² (979 km²) and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months. Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 miles (120 km) of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, extending like a rugged spine from Thousand Lake Mountain southward to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park boundary. Capitol Reef is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular part of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. The local word reef referred to any rocky barrier to travel.

scenic driving
1 day ago

We drove through on the way from St. George to Moab. We wish we had more time to explore some of the many trails in the park. It's a beautiful drive. Keep in mind if you come out this way, there's not much in the way of gas stations, stores and restaurants... make sure you bring food, water and other things with you.

hiking
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13 days ago

Worth the walk!

hiking
19 days ago

There are some great views from parts of the trail where you can say badlands formations, mesas, and canyons. However, the real gem is the Spring Canyon Trail that issues east from the chimney rock loop. Even if you just hike a mile into it, you'll be rewarded greatly. I plan to return to hike the whole thing.

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23 days ago

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