The Capitol Reef

A further day of exploring led us to another of Utah’s treasure – the Capitol Reef National Park. It is known as one of the most scenic areas of the Waterpocket Fold. This fold in the rock has lead to a dramatic landscape full of geological formations such as cliffs, canyons, natural bridges. Thus, giving the park its name: capitol for the white sandstone domes and reef for the rocky cliffs reminding of a coral reef.

Hickman Bridge
The Hickman Bridge – a natural bridge at Capitol Reef

Thanks to the folded stone, layers of white, red and pinkish sandstone can be seen when hiking through the park. I especially enjoyed walking through the dried out Lower Muley Twist Canyon and looking up at the stone walls towering above us to our left and right. 

Interestingly, the Capitol Reef hadn’t been recommended to us because of its natural beauty. The “most delicious pies” which were sold in the former Mormon pioneer settling Fruita had been the reason. And truly, those pies alone were worth the journey! Especially if enjoyed during a picknick in one of the fruit orchards of the national monument site. Luckily, hiking does stir up an appetite.

Looking across the Capitol Reef
Looking across the Capitol Reef

If you’d like to read more about the Capitol Reef National Park, have a look here:

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