Capitol Reef National Park

By: Sasha Watson

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is an amazing wonder. Capitol Reef is located in Torrey, Utah. Capitol Reef is near different parks like Canyonlands Park. Capitol Reef is called Capitol Reef because someone described the 100 mile water pocket as a reef and the white domes of sandstone (which is Navajo Sandstone) represent the capitol building in Washington D.C.


Capitol Reef has cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges. The bridges I’m talking about are bridges made of stone. They are not bridges made by hand; they are actually made by the environment. The canyons are made by the environment as well. One of these canyons is Murley Twist canyon. Murley Twist canyon is made of Navajo and Wingate sandstone and is the spine of the water pocket fold found at Capitol Reef. Fun fact! The water pocket fold created monoliths, graceful arches, and twisting canyons. Cathedral Valley is also another land form at Capitol Reef. The valley holds temples and monoliths!

Some Thing You May Find at This Park


If you want to visit Capitol Reef in the summer, the low mean in June is 58 degrees Fahrenheit (low record: 35 decrees Fahrenheit) and the June high is 87 degrees Fahrenheit (high temperature record: 103 decrees). If you want to visit near Christmas, the high temperature in December is 41 and the low temperature is 21(High temperature record: 67, Low temperature record: -7). That is part of the temperature in Capitol Reef

Plants and Animals

There are orchards at Capitol Reef. The orchard is made of plants that produce berries, fruits, and nuts like apples, plums, pears and more. The fruit is found in the orchards at Capitol Reef. The plants were planted in the 1800. The plants that grow there are: the Utah Juniper, Two Needled Pinyon (also called the Pinon Pine), The Western Bristlecone Pine, and the Fremont Cottonwood. The animals there are amazing. One of the animals there is the Midget Faded Rattlesnake which has poison. There are other animals such as the Utah Sucker, Rainbow Trout, Golden Eagle, Mexican Spotted Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Common Sagebrush Lizard, Common Kingsnake , True Toad, Canyon Bats, Mountain Lions, and Rock Squirrels. The park is a "step-shrub community" for plants and animals. In the aftermath of Capitol Reef being cold, the extraordinary combinations of the plants and animals live there. In fact, Capitol Reef has huge a variety of microscopic habitats. In conclusion, Capitol Reef is as amazing as Niagara Falls during spring.