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The stunningly expansive Capitol Reef National Park near Torrey, Utah provides an unforgettable visual experience. Here, the soaring colored stone formations capture the imagination and the hidden arches, brilliant cliffs, and huge domes will leave you speechless.
The Park is known to preserve what is referred to as a massive Waterpocket Fold. As you explore, you’ll notice the white sandstone domes that are said to resemble the U.S. Capitol Building (thus, the Park’s name).
Stretching for 100 miles, Capitol Reef National Park can take some time to explore. There are auto tours that wind through incredible scenery and also bring you to the Fruita Rural Historical District, home of The Gifford House Store & Museum and bountiful orchards open for picking. The Cathedral Valley Loop Tour will reveal Glass Mountain, the Gypsum Sinkhole and the Temple of the Sun, and the 125-mile Waterpocket District Loop Tour brings breathtaking views.
Within the Park, there are 15 hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Among the most popular trails is a two-mile roundtrip hike to Hickman Natural Bridge that also reveals the Fremont Culture ruins. Rock climbing is allowed, and fishing is popular along the Fremont River.