Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef National Park
Established 1971
241,904 acres
Visitation (2010) 617,208

The Waterpocket Fold stretches for 100 miles across south central Utah. This giant wrinkle in the Earth's crust known as a monocline extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National Park was established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the unique natural and cultural history found in the area.

The prehistoric Fremont people lived throughout Utah and adjacent areas of Idaho, Colorado and Nevada from 700 to 1300 AD. The culture was named for the Fremont River and its valley in which many of the first Fremont sites were discovered.