Capitol Reef National Park Facts

Located in South Central Utah, Capitol Reef National Park is known for its geological features. It was named after the whites domes of Navajo Sandstone.


At Capitol Reef you can explore the park's unique history by visiting abandoned pioneer settlements or exploring ancient petroglyphs etched into rocks.

Fremont and Paiute People

The first people known to have explored Capitol Reef were Native American Tribes, such as the Fremont and Paiute people. They hunted and gathered in the region and left petroglyphs.

Mormon Pioneers First Settled Capitol Reef

In 1870 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent settlers into Capitol Reef. They built homes and irrigation systems, planted orchards and set up a thriving community.

How Capitol Reef Got Its Name

Early settlers thought the white domes looked like the Capitol in Washington DC.  Many early exporers referred to the Waterpocket Fold as a reef.

Capitol Reef Plants and Animals

There are more than 1,100 species of plants found in Capitol Reef.  There is also a variety of wildlife roaming the area.