to Capitol Reef National Park. Capitol
Reef National Park splashes color for 75 miles from
its northern to southern boundaries. The Waterpocket
Fold (right), a bulging uplift of rainbow-hued sandstone,
creates Capitol Reef National Park's "reefs"
of Capitol Reef is an inviting wilderness of sandstone
formations. These formations in Capitol Reef National
Park include Capitol Dome, Hickman Bridge, and
those in splendid Cathedral Valley. In the midst
of Capitol Reef's red rocks and ancient petroglyph panels
are large orchards-where fruit may be picked in season
in the remnants of Fruita, an early pioneer settlement.
visitor center is open year-round. Several easy hiking
trails and a 25-mile scenic drive lead from its vicinity.
Cathedral Valley and other backcountry areas are reached
by traveling on high-clearance dirt roads. Capitol Reef
National Park is 11 miles east of Torrey or 3 miles
west of Hanksville on Hwy 24. To learn more about Capitol
Reef National Park be sure to get a Grand
Circle Travel Packet!