Visiting Capitol Reef National Park
This massive park os crossed by a long, narrow but 1, 000ft high (330m) layered wall of red, gold and white rock – known as the Waterpocket Fold – that gave the park its last name. One of the park’s domes, shaped not unlike the US Capitol building – if you were boss-eyed and drunk as a skunk – contributed the Capitol bit.
Apparently Capitol Reef’s glistening gold-tipped rocks gave early prospectors an excitable few moments.
Capitol Reef has an easy paved drive (25mile round trip) to the Capitol Gorge if time is lacking to fully explore the place. With stops for pictures and a short walk this could be a couple of relaxed hours.
The Hickman Bridge rock arch. Photo by Wing Chi Poon.
There is a very pleasant camp site at the entry to the park now instead of the extinct fruit-picking business.
The park and campgrounds are open year round.
The visitor center is open daily (except for major holidays) from 8: 00 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m. with extended hours during the summer season until 6: 00 p. m.