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  Capitol Reef National Park encompasses the Waterpocket Fold: a 100 mile long monocline where layers on the West were uplifted 7000 feet above layers on the East, forming a long cliff. Early settlers with marine experience, considering the cliffs as an obstacle to travel, called it a reef, named after the Capitol Dome, one of the white domes of Navajo Sandstone visible at a distance in the East. This panorama is from the Rim Overlook, reached after hiking 2.25 miles along the tilt of the monocline - which means an elevation gain of more than 1000 ft above the valley floor.

Directly below is the Fruita area, an oasis in the desert made possible by the flowing Fremont River. The area was inhabited by the Fremont Indians between 600-1300 AD. In 1880, the first Mormon settlers arrived, thereafter naming the community Fruita after their cherry, apricots, peaches, pears, and apple orchards which became famous in Southern Utah. In summer, visitors are welcome to pick and eat fruit for free, although fruit taken from the orchards must be paid for.