Here's a fun fact for you kids. There is a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust called The Waterpocket Fold. This extends from the nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell).
Well, Capitol Reef National Park was actually established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the unique natural and cultural history found in the area. And YOU can explore it!
Throughout the park there are a host of fun things to do with the family.
With nearly all of the 243,000 acres open for exploration, you have your work cut out for you! There are nearly 200 miles of marked trails and backcountry routes, and plenty of opportunities for scenic driving tours, as well as rock climbing, horseback riding and biking!
The trails and routes range from easy, short walks to 3 full day backpacking trips. There really is something for everyone!
From Spring to Fall you can attend the FREE ranger programs, which include talks, evening programs at the campground as well as the occasional astronomy program.
Kids can learn even MORE about the park if they join the Junior Ranger program. They just need to grab a booklet at the visitor center, and keep an eye out for the additional kids activities during the summer season.
There are historic structures like the restored Fruita Schoolhouse just east of the visitor center. The Merlin-Smith Implement Shed also offers a recorded message about life in a Mormon pioneer community!
Let's not forget about the Gifford House Store & Museum where you can see a typical lifestyle in an early 1900s Utah farm-house!
Are you ready to explore this beautiful Utah national park? Great! Grab that sense of adventure, pack those hiking boots and picnic, because we're off to explore the Capitol Reef National Park!