Greetings from Capitol Reef National Park

Bettye and I have hiked trails in most of our wonderful national parks, but our hike through beautiful Cohab Canyon to the high point overlook is particularly memorable. The weather was perfect and the views spectacular. Setting our camera on a rock and using the timer, our joy for having reached this fantastic viewing and turnaround point was captured in our memory. This photo is also used on a book I wrote titled “The Aging Challenge: Making the Most of Life Over 50”.

Clifton and Bettye Ware

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

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