• Strike Valley

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Sulphur Creek and The Castle
The Castle
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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:

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Rabbit Valley Gilia in a crack in rocks at Capitol Reef

The geology of the Waterpocket Fold created conditions which allowed unique plant species to evolve here. A total of 887 plant species occur in the park many of which have very restricted distributions, occuring on specific geologic formations, soils, slopes, or elevation or precipitation ranges.