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Capital Reef National Park

Capital Reef National Park









Description of Capital Reef National Park

Location: 10 mi (6 km) East of Torrey  Map


Area: 241,904 acres (97,895 ha)


Info: (435) 425 3791

Open: Jun- Sept: 8am- 6pm daily

Oct- May: 8am- 4:30pm daily

Area: 241,904 acres

When to go: spring- fall

Activities: camping, hiking, mountain biking

To see:

- Rim Overlook trail

- hike to Sunset point


Capital Reef National Park lies 10 mi (6 km) East of town of Torrey in Utah, United States. With an area of ​​nearly 979 km2, the park is famous for its geological formations composed of colored rocks that are tens of millions of years old. The park is made up of high and semi-arid areas, several natural arches, and is characterized by a large monoclinal fold of the earth's crust partially exposed by erosion. The name Capitol Reef comes from the monumental form of some rocks from an ancient coral reef present there several million years ago, when the area was covered by a sea.

The natural environment is essentially characterized by numerous animal and plant species that can withstand a semi-arid climate. Nevertheless, wetter areas near rivers and at higher altitudes are also colonized by species more adapted to these environments.

The surrounding areas of Capital Reef National Park were inhabited by Amerindian peoples of the Fremont culture between the seventh and seventeenth centuries, and by Amerindians Païutes and Utes who survived by hunting and gathering. Early European explorers arrived in southern Utah at the end of the eighteenth century and the first settlers, Mormons, settled there after 1875.

On December 18, 1971, Capitol Reef becomes a national park. National Park Service staff members have since been tasked with protecting geological, natural and cultural wealth while welcoming and educating the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the park each year.




The closest town to Capitol Reef is Torrey, about 11 mi (18 km) west of the visitor center on Highway 24, slightly west of its intersection with Highway 12. Torrey has a population of less than 200, with a few motels and restaurants. Highway 12, as well as a partially unpaved scenic backway named the Burr Trail, provide access from the west through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the town of Boulder.

The park has one developed campground that requires reservations from March to October, and two primitive free camping areas. Backcountry camping elsewhere in the park requires a free permit available at the visitor center.

Activities in the park include hiking, horseback riding, and driving tours. Mountain biking is prohibited on park trails but allowed on roadways.

The orchards planted by Mormon pioneers are maintained by the National Park Service. From early March to mid-October, various fruit—cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, or apples—can be harvested by visitors for a small fee.





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