I hadn’t even known this National Park existed until a day or so ago when we were looking at the route we’ll take south. It’s a small-ish area, with lots of recent and ancient history. It features a long upthrust, the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth’s crust that was created around 65 million years ago. It got its name from the white dome-shaped Navajo sandstone rocks that look like the Capitol Building in Washington DC. You can read more about it here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Reef_National_Park
More recently, the area was farmed by natives for several centuries until the 1200s, and there are petroglyphs (rock drawings) of animals and alien-looking people. Even more recently, in the 19th century, there were several Mormon settlements in the area, including Fruita which still has its original schoolhouse and a farmhouse which is now a general store. There is still a large orchard with peach and apple trees laden with fruit at the moment. Apparently it is possible to pick the fruit for free, but that’s a bit lost on me as I don’t like most fruit.