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This national Park isn’t visited as much as Utah’s more popular parks like Arches and Canyonlands, which is great news for you, Intrepid Explorer. Southern Utah is known for its vibrant red rock Read more...
This national Park isn’t visited as much as Utah’s more popular parks like Arches and Canyonlands, which is great news for you, Intrepid Explorer. Southern Utah is known for its vibrant red rock country, and this park is smack dab in the heart of it all.
The park was named after the white domes of Navajo Sandstone that resemble the United States Capitol Building. The word “reef” means any barrier to land travel (just like ocean reefs are barriers to sea travel). There’s so much to see and do, choosing is quite the task. Cliffs, canyons, and bridges are scattered throughout the entire park. But what makes this place truly special? How about the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (aka a wrinkle in the earth) that stretches for nearly 100 miles.
Because there’s so much to see, you’ll definitely want to stay a night. The park has a developed campground, primitive campgrounds, and even rustic, hardcore backcountry camping options.
Since you will be in the Fruita area, we have to mention the great mountain biking out here (it’s well-known and well-loved for good reason!) Hiking is also a great way to get intimate with the dramatic landscapes. Just be sure to bring plenty of water. You won’t ever get bored out here, but you will get thirsty!