Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at Capitol Reef National Park
Contact: Holly Mills, 435-425-4115
Contact: visitor center, 435-425-3791
On September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law. It created the National Wilderness Preservation System and recognized wilderness as "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."
Congress has now designated more than 109 million acres of federal public lands as wilderness: 44 million of these acres lie within 47 parks and comprise 53 percent of national park system lands. Additional national park areas are managed as "recommended" or "proposed" wilderness until Congress acts on their status. Seventy-five percent of Capitol Reef National Park is recommended wilderness and offers visitors outstanding opportunities to connect with wild lands.
Capitol Reef National Park will celebrate this historic anniversary with several special events:
Did You Know?
Less than 0.25 inches (0.6 cm) of rain can produce flash floods. Flash floods are caused by run-off from intense, localized thunderstorms that drop a large amount of rain over a short period of time. They are most common in Capitol Reef in July, August and September, but can occur at any time of the year.