• Strike Valley and the Waterpocket Fold

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

Places

Orchards in Bloom
Brenda Zirwas/NPS
 

Visitors to Capitol Reef National park are often curious about the fruit trees that lie within a mile or two of the Visitor Center. These trees, apple, pear, peach, cherry, apricot, mulberry, even Potowatomee Plum, are the most obvious reminder of the pioneer community that once prospered in the narrow valley of the Fremont River. Other places of interest include the Fruita Schoolhouse and the Gifford Homestead.

In these next few pages you can explore some of these places and learn the history behind them.

Did You Know?

Two cars passing in Capitol Gorge, Circa 1939

Metal bars supporting telephone lines were installed in Capitol Gorge in 1911 providing telephone service to the ranching community east of Capitol Reef National Park. State Highway 24 was an unpaved road through Capitol Gorge until 1962, when it was re-routed along the Fremont River and paved.