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In Capitol Reef, 17 exposed rock layers span about 200 million years of geologic time.


While Franklin Delanore Roosevelt designated Capitol Reef a national monument in 1937, it didn't recieve national park status until 1971. 


32 tribes have ties to the Capitol Reef area. Pictographs and other artifacts hint at the cultures that called this place home.


July is the hottest month in the park, with an average high of 91.4 degrees.


Public lands and coronavirus

We’d like to encourage our members, supporters, and all public land lovers to stay safe and avoid non-essential travel at this time.

Many of the hikes and destinations featured on the Colorado Plateau Explorer are located in remote areas or near rural communities with limited healthcare resources. Counties in southern Utah have closed campgrounds, RV parks, hotels, and Airbnbs in an effort to avoid straining local healthcare systems. We hope you'll use the Colorado Plateau Explorer to plan your trip for the future. These magnificent lands will be here waiting for you then.

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Grazing in arid southwestern lands like Capitol Reef creates problems far worse than cowpies.

Cattle grazing can destroy biological soil crusts, introduce invasive species, erode stream banks, and trample sensitive species. 

In 1999, the National Park Service approached Grand Canyon Trust to help retire grazing in the northern section of Capitol Reef. The 11,688-acre Cathedral Valley allotment was up for sale, but the park service couldn’t legally meet the asking price. The Trust raised funds to make up the difference. While cows still roam in sections of the park, the Park Service is working on phasing out the remaining cattle. Learn more about the Trust’s current grazing restoration efforts on national forest lands and in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Whether you explore the Colorado Plateau every weekend or dream of visiting one day, we need your help. These are your public lands — help us protect them.

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