Greetings from Capitol Reef National Park

We were at Dinosaur National Monument when the closure happened. We have traveled all over Utah and have never been here, and were so grateful to have spent 3 days in this beautiful place. As we left the ranger was shutting the campground down. We had planned on visiting Capitol Reef next since my husband loves the Fruita campground, it’s one place he likes to unwind and relax. We were of course unable to camp there, and were met by scenes like this instead, from Highway 24 which runs through part of the park. We stopped at an unsigned pullout and stepped away from our motorhome to take our photo, upon returning we were met by a ranger who had put a warning tag on the windshield of the motorhome. I was floored! Since when is it criminal to enjoy the beauty of our parks? There were no signs here saying you couldn’t even walk away from your car. I still scratch my head over that one. The saddest part for me was seeing dozens of foreign tourists, most who have spent years and thousands of dollars planning their American vacations, being told not to even stop their car to take a photo of Zion National Park. It made me want to cry. Their plans are destroyed and their money wasted. They are so desperate to see our beautiful country, so now where can they go? Please, let’s re-open our parks so we can continue to show off the incredible beauty people like us travel thousands of miles to see.

Sincerely,
Charity Hagen

Capitol Reef National Park

This park protects a grand and colorful geologic feature known as the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile wrinkle in the Earth's crust known as a monocline that extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to Lake Powell. The park also preserves the unique natural and cultural history of the Fremont people who lived throughout Utah and adjacent states from 700 to 1300 AD. The park features petroglyphs, pictograms and artifacts of the Fremont people, as well as a wealth of layered sandstone rock formations, multicolored mesas and buttes, and sweeping, colorful desert views in all directions.

State(s): Utah

Established: 1937

“They are my sanctuary, places of peace where I can go to fill my heart and mind with the quiet beauty of nature, where a bubbling brook, a majestic mountain, or desert solitude can give me new strength to continue on with the journey of life!”

National parks represent the best of America. Why do you care about protecting and preserving them? Tell us why parks matter to you!

{{ active ? "Cancel" : "Begin"}}

Success! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

You’ll be notified by email when your story is approved and added to the collection on the My Park Story homepage.

In the meantime, you can share your own story page with your family and friends — and help us spread the word about these priceless memories and priceless places!

Here’s your unique story page link:

{{ storyUrl }}

* indicates Required fields

Click to choose a file to upload

Submitting your story means that you agree to our Terms of Service

More Stories

  • Greetings from Capitol Reef National Park

    On a road trip in 2005 we were in Capitol Reef driving through one of the roads that follow one of the canyons that are a wash for heavy rains. There was quite a bit of traffic. We were in a convertible. We had a CD playing, when all of…

  • Greetings from Capitol Reef National Park

    We toured 5 national parks in May, including Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Capitol Reef is a magic and awesome place, that no picture (at least that I can take) can convey. The scale and colors of the landscape are stunning. Like no other place, you…

  • Greetings from Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Weir Farm National Historic Site CT – J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), noted American impressionist painter, purchased this farm on Nob Hill in Branchville CT in 1882, for $10 and a painting! It is the only National Park Unit dedicated to American painting. The Visitor Center, homes, studios and farm buildings…

Donate

Preserve Our Parks

Make a tax-deductible gift today to provide a brighter future for our national parks and the millions of Americans who enjoy them.

Donate Now