Capitol Reef National Park is about six miles wide and sixty miles long on its north-south axis and was designated a national park in 1971 to protect a Waterpocket Fold which is an uplift of sandstone cliffs with highly colored sedimentary formations that were created about 65 million years ago. Capitol Reef National Park also protects petroglyphs of the Fremont Culture as well as a historic Mormon settlement.
The park is located in south-central Utah on UT 24. One of the closest cities to the park is Torrey which can be found about 11 miles west of the visitor center on Highway 24. Once you get to the park, you will find that there are a lot of natural striking features to absorb including an especially rugged and remarkable segment of the Waterpocket Fold that is right by the Fremont River.
Additionally, you can also see a natural white dome similar to those placed on capitol buildings and hence the name ‘Capitol Reef.’ These natural domes run from the Freemont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. Besides this natural beauty, other activities that are popular at the park include horseback riding, hiking, camping, bicycling, rock climbing, fishing, ranger-guided walks, evening programs, and auto touring.
If you have a dog, you can bring them to the park although you must be fully aware that several restrictions are designed to protect park resources, visitors, wildlife, and pets. Some of the rules that you must adhere to include the following. First, you must keep your dog restrained using a leash that is no longer than six feet long.
Secondly, you must always clean up after your dog. Third, you must be aware of the areas of the park that you can visit and those that you cannot visit. Areas that you can visit include within fifty feet of the centerline of most roads, in parking areas and unfenced or unlocked orchards. Areas that you are not allowed to visit include public buildings, backcountry areas, and hiking trails.