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Capitol Reef is a lesser known National Park in central Utah. One of it’s most charming features is the lack of crowds. You can hike an entire trail and potentially not come across another person while there. Nearby is a lush grove, Fruita, which was settled by early Mormons.

Capitol Reef National Park is a narrow, 100 mile long stretch of protected land that preserves 241,904 acres of colorful sandstone cliffs, contrasting layers of earth, and fantastically shaped rock formations like domes and arches. Once the edge of an ancient shallow sea that began to cover the land in the Permian, the geological history of the park is rich and easily visible in many areas.





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