Welcome to Capitol Reef National Park
Native Americans once called this colorful landscape of tilted buttes, jumbled rocks and sedimentary canyons the Land of the Sleeping Rainbow. The park's centerpiece is Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long monocline (a buckle in the earth's crust) that blocked explorers' westward migration as a reef blocks a ship's passage. Known also for its enormous domes – one of which echoes Washington, DC's Capitol Dome – Capitol Reef harbors fantastic hiking trails, rugged 4WD roads and 1000-year-old Fremont petroglyph panels. At the park's heart grow the shady orchards of the Fruita Rural Historic District, a Mormon settlement dating back to the 1870s. Most services, including food, gas and medical aid, are in the town of Torrey, 11 miles west.