Many laws and documents guide the management of Capitol Reef. Those available here demonstrate how park operations are structured toward achieving the mission of the National Park Service.


President Franklin Roosevelt signed a proclamation creating Capitol Reef National Monument on August 2, 1937. In Proclamation 2246, President Roosevelt set aside 37,7111 acres of the Capitol Reef area. This comprised an area extending about two miles (3.2 km) north of State Route 24 and about 10 miles (16 km) south, just past Capitol Gorge.

'An Act to Establish The Capitol Reef National Park in the State of Utah' became Public Law 92-207 when it was signed by President Richard Nixon on December 18, 1971.

Public Law 92-207
92nd Congress, S. 29
December 18, 1971


To establish the Capitol Reef National Park in the State of Utah.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) subject to valid existing rights, the lands, waters, and interests therein within the boundary generally depicted on the map entitled "Boundary Map, Proposed Capitol Reef National Park, Utah," numbered 158-91, 002, and dated January 1971, are hereby established as the Capitol Reef National Park (hereinafter referred to as the "park"). Such map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Full text of the enabling legislation may be viewed here.


Last updated: March 28, 2024

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