History of Capitol Reef, Utah

Navajo Sandstone found throughout the park can be seen in the golden-white domes. The hard, red-orange Wingate Sandstone fractures to form sheer, vertical cliffs. The soft gray-green layers of the Chincle Formation wear away into slopes.

The Fremont Indians 1,000 years ago left behind figures of humans and animals which they pecked into the faces of cliffs. The Fremont are the ancestral clans of the Hopi and Zuni who see these markings as the historical and spiritual legacy of the modern Indian peoples.

Novelist Zane Grey was inspired by the indian ruins and the beauty of this area and on occasion referred to this location in his books.

Butch Cassidy and others sought refuge in this isolated area. Nearby towns are Torrey, Teasdale and Bicknell.

One of the great natural bridges, Hickman Bridge, is found in the park.

G. William Wiersdorf

See: Utah Place Names 1997, John W. Van Cott; Capitol Reef National Park.
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