• Strike Valley and the Waterpocket Fold

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

Natural Features & Ecosystems

The Castle in autumn
The Castle in autumn
NPS photo
 

Along with the Waterpocket Fold which defines Capitol Reef National Park, a nearly 100-mile long warp in the earth's crust; visitors will also experience biological soil crusts, large black boulders strewn throughout the park and other features unique to the desert southwest.

Here are a few articles that may be of interest in learning more about paleontology at Capitol Reef:

Did You Know?

Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs were inscribed into rock walls by ancestral Puebloan people and Fremont. Found throughout the park, the most accessible petroglyph panel is 1.1 miles (1.8 km) east of the visitor center on Utah State Highway 24. More...