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75th Anniversary Celebration August 2-4, 2012

Capitol Reef National Monument
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News Release Date: July 9, 2012
Contact: Lori Rome, 435-425-3791

Capitol Reef is celebrating 75 years of conservation this year. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed Capitol Reef National Monument on August 2, 1937. President Richard Nixon signed legislation to create Capitol Reef National Park on December 18, 1971.

The park and Capitol Reef Natural History Association are teaming up to celebrate this noteworthy milestone August 2-4, 2012 with special events and activities including cultural demonstrations, interpretive programs, live music and a cowboy cookout. Scheduled activities include:

August 2, Thursday

Join us in the morning for refreshments outside the visitor center to celebrate the new exhibits, morning geology hike, and special evening program on the park's history.

August 3, Friday

Activities include an early morning bird walk, a morning geology hike, evening bat research, and special evening program on the park's historic orchards.

August 4, Saturday

Live music and cultural demonstrations will occur throughout the day at the Gifford House with a cowboy cookout in the evening and special evening program with Geology Professor Tom Morris.

More information can be found at nps.gov/care, facebook.com/CapitolReefNPS and at twitter.com/capitolreefnps and by calling the visitor center at (435) 425-3791.

Happy 75th Birthday Capitol Reef!

Did You Know?

Tamarisk

The Fremont River corridor sports the feathery branches and pink flowers of the tamarisk, an exotic introduced from the Mediterranean in the 1930s. It was brought to the southwest as a river bank stabilizer and is now nearly impossible to control and eliminate, despite on-going eradication efforts.