Situated in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a secreted gem filled with cliffs, gorges, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic straight line, 100 mile long ridge of tilted and layered rock stretching from the Fishlake Mountains in central Utah to Lake Powell in the south.
Smooth considering Utah's several captivating national parks and monuments, it is difficult to beat the beauty of Capitol Reef National Park's sense of mass; of board, scenic vistas, seemingly endless landscape, of limitless sky and expansive desert rock. Travelers and adventure buffs here get the authentic feel for what the earth might have been like millions of years before life existed, when nothing but only soil and sky.
This amazing national park is home to several multicolored cliffs, narrow canyons, arches, ridges, domes and spires. This park is so named owing of the likeness of the several Navajo sandstone domes to the US Capitol Building; the 'Reef' refers to the high elevated ridge running north to south amidst the fold which accessible a significant barrier to settlers. This park is the second largest in the state, yet is much less visited than others in the Southern Utah.
Things to Do: Hiking, Backpacking, Road Tours, Rock Climbing, Biking, Back Country Horse Back Riding
Address:52 West Headquarters Drive Torrey, UT 84775
Opening Hours: Capitol Reef is a 24 hour park, open all day, every day.
Sunday to Saturday: Open 24 Hours
Entrance Fees: Entrance Fee - $10, Capitol Reef Annual Pass - $30
Best Time to Visit: Spring and early summer are most full of life.