Friday, July 29, 2011

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is a U.S. National Park, in south-central Utah. It’s a hundred miles long but fairly narrow. The park preserves 378 mi²  and are open whole year, although May through September are the most popular months. Summer temperatures often climb into the upper 90s(F), but nights cool down into the 50s(F). Daytime winter highs average less than 50(F).
Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 miles of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, 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 Waterpocket 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. The local word reef referred to any rocky barrier to travel.
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