Park Number: 29/59
First Visited: August 5, 2011
Of the five Utah national parks, Capitol Reef is the most underwhelming. This isn’t to say that it lacks in importance or prominence, it just doesn’t have the upfront, in-your-face monuments the other parks bolster.
What this park has is geological magnitude—a warp in the earth’s crust called the Waterpocket Fold. From a distance you get a perspective on this seventy-five mile monocline formation; from up close it simply looks like a defensive wall. This is one result of tectonic plates colliding.
Like the other parks of Utah this place has domes, slabs, and arches, but what really stands out is the fold. Therefore, if you have topographical or earthly curiosities, Capitol Reef is for you.