Capitol Reef to Grand Canyon Road Trip
Capitol Reef National Park is located in Southern Utah near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument next to the small town of Torrey, UT. Like Grand Staircase, Capitol Reef it is a beautiful and remote area that makes a great destination for a Grand Canyon road trip. Because of the distance from the canyon to Capitol Reef, plan on having 2 days or more to explore these areas. The main feature of Capitol Reef National Park and the reason for its creation is a 100-mile long monocline in the earth’s crust called Waterpocket Fold. This unique geologic feature created the colorful and picturesque canyon, buttes and cliffs that make up the park, and it is the most scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold along the Fremont River that bears the name Capitol Reef. If you're traveling to the Grand Canyon, including a visit to Capitol Reef is a great addition to your trip. Read the guide below to learn more.