History & Culture

Apricot trees in bloom along a road, beneath colorful red and gray cliffs and blue sky.


Discover important places in Capitol Reef National Park.

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Hear the perspectives of people connected to Capitol Reef.

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Learn about the people who have called Capitol Reef home for thousands of years.

The area of Capitol Reef has been a homeland to people for thousands of years. Archaic hunters and gatherers migrated through the canyons. The Fremont Culture solidified around 500 CE (Common Era), from food foraging groups, to farmers of corn, beans and squash. Petroglyphs etched in rock walls and painted pictographs remain as sacred remnants of the ancient saga. Explorers, Latter-Day-Saint (Mormon) pioneers, and others arrived in the 1800s, settling in what is now the Fruita Rural Historic District. They planted and nurtured orchards of apples, pears, and peaches. The National Park Service preserves the stories of those who came before.

Last updated: October 9, 2019

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HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775


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