Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is a geological oddity and a backpacker’s paradise in remote south-central Utah. The main feature of the park is the 100-mile long monocline, or fold in the Earth’s crust. On this monocline in particular, there are many waterpocket and potholes which retain water well after rains, hence the name Waterpocket Fold. Within the Waterpocket Fold, various strata of sandstone layers have been eroded into arches, spires, bidges, fins, peaks, cliffs and canyons. In essence, one could say that Capitol Reef has a little bit of every Utah National Park in one, with far less visitors than the more popular Zion, Bryce, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, due to its more remote location.