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Visit Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park preserves the Waterpocket Fold, a 90-mile long wrinkle in the earth’s crust, called a monocline. The Fold extends 70 miles, from nearby Thousand Lake 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 spectacular eroded jumble of cliffs, domes, monoliths, twisting canyons and graceful arches.

The name was derived from the rounded sandstone buttes which resemble capitol domes and from the long line of rocky cliffs which are a barrier to travel, like a coral reef.

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