Capitol Reef National Park

A short drive east of Torrey, Utah, you will find the multi-hued rock layers of Capitol Reef National Park. Beginning as a National Monument with just over 37,700 acres in 1937, Capitol Reef later became a National Park on December 18, 1971 and increase in size to around 254,000 acres.

Capitol Reef is made up of several geological features that includes the soft reddish-orange Entrada Sandstone of Cathedral Valley in the northwest, the white Navajo Sandstone domes found near the Fremont River, and the many nearly horizontal rock layers of the Water Pocket Fold which stretches for nearly 100 miles down the east side of the park.

Located near the Visitor Center, history buffs can learn about the Fruita Historic District, Historic Fruita School, Behunin Cabin, and Gifford Farm.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy camping, rock climbing, bicycling, backcountry horseback riding, hiking and backpacking.


Natural arches in Capitol Reef National Park



Bear Canyon Arch



Boomerang Arch



Bow String Arch



Brimhall Arch Lower



Brimhall Arch Upper



Cap Arch



Cassidy Arch



Cherrios Double Arch



Cohab Canyon Arch



Dome Arch Lower



Frying Pan Arch



Grand Wash Arch



Hickman Natural Bridge



Muley Arch



Nels Johnson Bridges



Oyster Shell Reef Arch



Peek-a-boo Arch



Post Bridge



Reach Arch



Saddle Arch



Sheets Gulch Arch



Shinob Canyon Arch



Shy Arch



South Draw Arch



Spirit Arch



Trinity Arch



Upper Muley Twist Arch