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Capitol Reef National Park & The Fruita Historic District

Discover the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic wrinkle on earth!

Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah. The park is approximately 60 miles long on its north–south axis but an average of just 6 miles wide. The park was established in 1971 to preserve 241,904 acres of desert landscape. Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

Located partially in Wayne County, Utah, the area was originally named “Wayne Wonderland” in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman. Capitol Reef National Park was initially designated a national monument on August 2, 1937, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in order to protect the area’s colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths; however, it was not until 1950 that the area officially opened to the public. Road access was improved in 1962 with the construction of State Route 24 through the Fremont River Canyon.

The majority of the nearly 100 mile long up-thrust formation is called the Waterpocket Fold, an especially rugged and spectacular segment of the Waterpocket Fold by the Fremont River. This rocky spine extends from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell. Capitol Reef was named for whitish Navajo Sandstone cliffs with dome formations—similar to the white domes often placed on capitol buildings. The local word reef refers to any rocky barrier to land travel, just as ocean reefs are barriers to sea travel.

The Capitol Reef National Park Poster is an original work created and signed by the artist. The original photograph was taken by Robert Decker in June of 2015 at the historic Gifford Farm. The poster was created in the style of the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s and 1940s, when the Federal Government started the Works Progress Administration (or the Works Program Administration), and commissioned hundreds of artists to create thousands of posters designs from which literally millions of prints were made. At that time, there were only 26 National Parks. And only 14 parks had posters created during the WPA.

Capitol Reef National Park

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6 Hours Left in The National Park Poster Project Kickstarter Campaign!

With just about six hours left in the campaign, I wanted to send you a quick update about The National Park Poster Project.

Today, we surpassed the 400 backer mark! 418, and counting. I’m amazed at the level of support for the project and the campaign…so, a big THANK YOU to all of you!!!

With only a few hours left in the campaign, I wanted to let you know there’s still time to get involved with the campaign and take advantage of a couple of cool offers!

You can get the “Worth Protecting” WPA-style poster absolutely FREE — when you pledge $25 or more!

Worth Protecting

And, if we can reach one final stretch goal — 400% of our original funding mark — everyone will get the “America’s National Parks Map” for free as well.

America's National Parks

As a Campaign Backer, you’ll also have access to all of the other National Park Posters I have created — at 50% OFF — and with the holidays just around the corner, these numbered, dated and signed prints make excellent gifts for the National Park lover on your list!

Of course, I’d love it if you could pledge to the campaign, but perhaps more importantly, I could really use your help in spreading the word with just a few hours to go. If you could share the project with people you know, I would really appreciate it!

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48 Hours and Counting!!!

As we start to count down the campaign in hours (not days), I wanted to send you a quick note about The National Park Poster Project.

One more stretch goal to go…and here’s hoping you can help!

I’ve created a poster of America’s National Parks that shows the location for each of the 59 major National Parks. As you probably know, my goal is to create posters for each of these parks in time for the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in August of 2016. It’s a lofty goal and a monumental effort.

Anyway, I’m hoping we can make a big final push on the campaign over the next two days (the campaign ends Thursday night)…and if we can reach 400% ($30K), everyone will get this park map for free!!! It’s totally doable, so, if you can share this project with your friends, family, fans and followers, I would really appreciate it…and everyone can get some free stuff!

Here’s the link:

America's National Parks

Map of America’s National Parks



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