• 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?

Researchers collecting samples near a stream

With its wide variety of microhabitats, Capitol Reef National Park’s cold desert ecosystem supports an extraordinarily diverse combination of plant and animal species, fostering opportunities for education, research, and a deeper connection to the natural world.