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Take the road less traveled to Capitol Reef National Park. For Michelle Olmstead, Capitol Reef is her favorite Utah national park because it’s possible to find solitude that can sometimes be lacking in other parks. “After hiking all day we were rewarded with this beautiful golden-hour light hitting the red rock as we were leaving. I feel very grateful to be able to experience these beautiful public lands with the ones I love.“ Photo courtesy of Michelle Olmstead. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 5/26/17.


Capitol Reef National Park

Posted July 19, 2017 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Capitol Reef NP 00Where Is It: 220 miles south of Salt Lake City or 350 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The Birth: After years as an under-developed National Monument, President Nixon finally singed legislation in 1971 to declare Capitol Reef a National Park.

It Happened Here: The early Mormon pioneers who settled in a colony they called Junction (later known as Fruita) planted fruit trees that still stand today in the shadow of Capitol Reef National Park’s towering cliffs.

Size: 241,904 acres

# Visitors: 663,670 in 2013. Peak attendance in May; low attendance was in December.

Fees: $5 per vehicle, good for 7 days.

Staying There: There are 3 campgrounds, 80 spaces, available on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Info:

HC 70 Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775
(435) 425-3791 ext. 4111



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