Where did Capitol Reef get It’s Name?

Where did Capitol Reef get It’s Name?

Capitol Reef National Park one of 5 National Parks in Utah. It is 100 miles long and quit narrow. The park was established in 1971. Preserving 241,904 acres and is open all year. With May through September being the most popular months, this is a beautiful Park to explore all months of the year.

Capitol Reef National Park was called “Wayne Wonderland” in the 1920s by Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman. Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. A Butte is an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top (similar to but narrower than a mesa). And a monolith is a large single upright block of stone, especially one shaped into or serving as a pillar or monument.

From the Water Pocket Fold,  75 mi of the long up-thrust, a rugged spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park. “Capitol Reef” is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular segment of the Water Pocket Fold near the Fremont River. The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River  to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold.

And Last the word Reef meaning any rocky barrier to Travel, State Route 24 was established in 1962 through the Fremont River Canyon along whats referred to as the Reef in Capitol Reef National Park.

There are many hikes and exciting historical things to see in Capitol Reef National Park. Torrey Utah is the closest Town to stay when visiting the area. There are great hotels and restaurants as well as tour operators ready to take you on your adventure around the Reef!

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