Capitol Reef Country is located in the heart of red rock country, an area of southern Utah with a diverse landscape unlike any other, combining red rock formations, pristine meadows and alpine forest as well as lush green valleys. The landscape of Capitol Reef Country is ideal for adventurous outdoor activities.
Capitol Reef National Park lies in Utah’s south-central desert, an oasis of colorful sandstone cliffs, soaring monoliths and impressive domes great white rock formations that resemble the U. S. Capitol building. Prospectors that once visited the area referred to the barrier (now known as the Waterpocket Fold) as a reef.
Early inhabitants referred to the area as the “Land of the Sleeping Rainbow” because of its beautiful contrasts- multi-colored sandstone surrounded by verdant riverbanks and arid desert vegetation – all nestled beneath deep blue skies. The area was designated as a national monument in 1937 and reclassified as a national park in 1971.
The western highlands include Boulder and Thousand Lakes Mountain which rise to an elevation of 11,000 feet. These high mountain zones offer serene getaways for hiking, horseback riding and blue ribbon fishing.
The Eastern High Desert zone includes unique desert landscapes. It is a place where dinosaurs once roamed, a place with terrain that is similar to the planet Mars or our very own moon. The region was once the hide-out for famous outlaws, and offers access to the western edge of Canyonlands National Park. Close by you will also have access to the Henry Mountains with its large herd of free roaming buffalo, and Lake Powell with over 2000 miles of shoreline.
Activities in Capitol Reef Country include; canyoneering, stargazing, horseback, riding, fishing and wildlife viewing. Full services can be found in local communities.
Make beautiful Capitol Reef Country your next vacation destination.