Capitol Reef National Park is a national park preserving a stretch of picturesque landscape in south-central Utah. Covering 378 sq mi (979 sq km), the national park stretches over 100 miles (160 km). It was established on 18 December, 1971.
Within Capitol Reef National Park are beautiful and colorful natural rock formations, in the form of canyons, ridges, buttes and monoliths. Among the most spectacular is a segment called Capitol Reef - which gives the national park its name - located at Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. Waterpocket Fold is an up-thrust on the earth's surface extending for 75 miles (75 km), from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell.
The name Capitol Reef describes a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone running from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek. Part of Waterpocket Fold, they appear to resemble the United States Capitol building, hence the name.
Visiting Capitol Reef National Park, UtahFrom the east, Interstate 70 is the interstate highway that comes closest to Capitol Reef. Exit the highway to Utah State Highway 24 at either Exit 149 from the east, or Exit 48 from the west. Stay on Highway 24 until you reach the park visitor center.
While the park is open all year round, the visitor center is open daily except on some major holidays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with extended hours during summer. Entrance fees is $5.00 per private vehilce, including motorcycles, and $3.00 for individuals.
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