This park protects a grand and colorful geologic feature known as the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile wrinkle in the Earth's crust called 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.
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Advocacy in Action Tell the U.S. EPA that You Want Cleaner Air for our Southwest National Parks! Pollution from two of Utah’s oldest, dirtiest coal-fired power plants – Rocky Mountain Power’s Hunter and Huntington facilities – affects the air in eight of the Southwest’s national parks: Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. For years, Utah has refused to reduce this pollution by requiring the best controls found at many other coal plants throughout the West.
Infographic Two Plans, Only ONE Choice for Cleaner Air in Southwestern National Parks EPA has proposed two plans for Utah to address air pollution in national parks in the Southwest. Only one of these plans will reduce emissions from four units at two of the state’s dirtiest coal plants: Rocky Mountain Power’s Hunter and Huntington. Thousands asked the State of Utah to clean up these plants. Utah ignored us. Now EPA must make the right choice—the “Clean Parks” plan.
Report Power Plants in the Four Corners Region Map of national parks and power plants in the Four Corners region