Capitol Reef National Park is a United States
National Park, in south-central Utah
. It is 100 miles (160 km) long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 241,904 acres (978.95 km2; 377.97 sq mi) and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months.Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 miles (120 km) of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold
, a rugged spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain
to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park.Capitol Reef encompasses the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth's crust that is 65 million years old.
The town nearest Capitol Reef is Torrey
, Utah, which lies eight miles (13 km) west of the visitor's center on Highway 24. Torrey is very small, but has several motels and restaurants. The park itself has a large campground, but it often fills by early afternoon during busy summer weekends.Overnight camping within the park requires a permit from the rangers at the visitor's center.
Activities in the park include hiking, horseback riding, and a driving tour. Mountain biking is prohibited in the park, but many trails just outside the park exist.The orchards planted by Mormon pioneers are maintained by the Park Service and different fruit can be harvested throughout the growing season by visitors for a small fee.