“A walk in nature walks the soul back home.”

“A walk in nature walks the soul back home.”

Updated on December 23, 2021 19:30 PM by Andrew Koschiev

Capitol Reef National Park is one of Utah's quieter, smaller, and lesser-known stops on the epic 'Mighty 5 national park road trip circuit.' But that doesn't make it any less enjoyable to visit than the other players in the game... On the other hand, Capitol Reef is ideal for families and those looking for more accessible hikes.

The word 'capitol' is used because it was given to white dome formations on the line of cliffs within the park's Water pocket Fold. It looks similar to the American State Capitol Building.

Where is Capitol Reef National Park?

Capitol Reef National Park is located in the centre of the five national parks that southern Utah. It's a reasonably rural park, far from any population centers, with just the tiny gateway town of Torrey nearby.

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The park is too large!!!

Bryce Canyon is around 125 miles southwest through the incredibly gorgeous Utah Highway 12, and Zion, Utah's most famous park, is another 75 miles. Arches and Canyonlands are located east of Capitol Reef, approximately 140 miles apart by car.

The landscape of Capitol Reef!!!

Characterized by ancient geological features like colorful sandstone canyons, buttes, ridges, slot canyons, narrow bridges, cliffs, streams, and monoliths, the park exists along with the vast Water pocket. Fold a monocline that extends 100 miles from thousand lakes mountain to Lake Powell.

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Are there any Hiking Trails!

Yes, this is kind of similar to the last one. But think about it-all those trails that we all love to hike, both inside the national parks boundaries and outside them, all had to be mapped, developed, and routinely maintained for us to enjoy them.

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Stay safe no matter the weather!

Capitol Reef National Park has an arid climate with precipitation averaging 7.91 inches annually at the park visitor center weather station. Much rain falls during the summer monsoon season, usually from July to September. The National Weather service provides flash flood watches and warnings for Capitol Reef and surrounding national parks.

Learn about Nature and science in Capitol Reef.

Fossils, like all-natural features, are protected within Capitol Reef National Park. Please leave what you find-removing such objects diminishes the experience for other visitors and removes an essential piece of the scientific story of the park.

Fossils called Stromatolites found in the Navajo sandstone show that this ancient dune desert was not always completely dry-at times; lakes between the dunes provided habitat formats of cyanobacteria.

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How are recreation Fee dollars utilized?

It is costly to protect our natural and cultural heritage while ensuring visitors have a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience. Because of the popularity of our national treasures, the number of visitors to parks continues to rise.

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Leave No Trace for outdoor ethics.

Leave No Trace is a national campaign that teaches and inspires people to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. The seven Leave No Trace principles encourage responsible outdoor activities by increasing public lands awareness, appreciation, and respect.

Every sunset has a different vibe!!!

When the sun goes down at sunset point, the place has dramatic views over Capitol Reef's rock formations and lovely evening light. To reach it, head to the Goosenecks Overlook and pick up the sunset point trail from the parking lot. A short (3 miles) trail leads right to the overlook.

I hope you can get some interesting news about the Capitol Reef National Park and the places to be visited there.

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