Capitol Reef vista from Sunset Point. Copyright © Frank Kovalchek. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah.  The park is 100 miles long but fairly narrow and preserves 378 square miles.  It protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, monoliths, and about 75 miles of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, a rugged spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell.  “Capitol Reef” is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular segment of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River.  The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: Frank Kovalchek)

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