Capitol Reef National Park - Fruita, UT
N 38° 19.538 W 111° 21.350
12S E 468897 N 4242005
Quick Description: Capitol Reef National Park - One of five National Parks in Utah.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 5/22/2011 7:09:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMBH5J
Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park comprises 378 square miles of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths.
The Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National Park was established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the unique natural and cultural history found in the area.
The Waterpocket Fold defines Capitol Reef National Park. A nearly 100-mile long warp in the Earth's crust, the Waterpocket Fold is a classic monocline: a regional fold with one very steep side in an area of otherwise nearly horizontal layers. A monocline is a "step-up" in the rock layers.
Summer temperatures often climb into the upper 90s(F), but nights cool down into the 50s(F) and 60s(F). The thunderstorm season from July through September brings cloudbursts, flash floods and lightning. Spring and fall are milder with highs generally in the 50s(F) and 60s(F). Daytime winter highs average less than 50(F). Snowfall is usually light, especially at lower elevations. Humidity is low all year.
State/States the Park is located...: Utah
Park Designation: Park (inc. National)
Times the Visitors Center (or Park) is Open....: From: 8:00 AM To: 4:30 PM
Months the Visitors Center/Park is open...: From: 1/1/2011 To: 12/31/2011
Website From the National Parks Service Page of this Waymark...: [Web Link]
SECONDARY website.: http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/capitol_reef.htm
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