Natural Features & Ecosystems
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 bioligical 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?
Geologist Clarence Dutton, a member of John Wesley Powell's scientific team, surveyed the Capitol Reef area in 1875. Dutton mapped a fault line adjacent to Chimney Rock along Utah Highway 24, and a copy of his field sketch is incorporated into the park’s Junior Geologist program. More...