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Capitol Reef National Park Travel Guide

Plan Your Capitol Reef National Park Vacation

Your senses will be delighted by a visit to Capitol Reef National Park. Here, you are saturated in colors that are more dramatic than anywhere else in the West. The dominant Moenkopi rock formation is a rich, red-chocolate hue. Deep blue-green juniper and pinyon stand out against it. Other sandstone layers are gold, ivory, and lavender. Sunset brings out the colors in an explosion of

copper, platinum, and orange, then dusk turns the cliffs purple and blue. The texture of rock deposited in ancient inland seas and worn by subsequent erosion is pure art.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Waterpocket Fold See an excellent example of a monocline—a fold in the earth's crust with one very steep side in an area that is otherwise horizontal. This one's almost 100 miles long.
  2. No crowds Experience the best of southern Utah weather, rock formations, and wide-open spaces without the crowds of nearby parks such as Zion and Bryce Canyon.
  3. Fresh fruit Pick apples, pears, apricots, and peaches in season at the pioneer-planted orchards at historic Fruita. These trees still produce plenty of fruit.
  4. Rock art View ancient pictographs and petroglyphs left by the Fremont people, who lived in this area from AD 700 to 1300.
  5. Pioneer artifacts Buy faithfully reproduced tools and utensils like those used by Mormon pioneers, at the Gifford Farmhouse.

When To Go

When to Go

Spring and early summer are most bustling. Folks clear out in the midsummer heat, and then return for the apple harvest and crisp temperatures of autu...

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