Designated a national monument in 1937 and a national park in 1971, the majesty of Capitol Reef National Park has long been attracting visitors with its steep winding canyons, gigantic domes, monoliths and spires of sandstone. Found in the southern portion of Utah, the climate here is more aligned with that of the southwestern states. The northern part of the State of Utah is usually considered part of the Rocky Mountain States.
The location of Capitol Reef National Park on the fold in the Earth's crust known as the Waterpocket Fold creates unique rock formations that have continued to be carved by the erosive factors of wind and water. Due to the rather remote location in the south central part of Utah and perhaps because there is no obvious central attraction in the area, the Capitol Reef National Park is not frequented by as many visitors as other National Parks. This makes it an ideal vacation destination for those who are seeking a reprieve from the crowds of the cities and the crowds of tourists at other Parks. If you are seeking solitude and/or a place to enjoy quiet contemplation, then Capitol Reef National Park is the place for you.