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National Parks Traveler Podcast

Mar 28, 2021

At Capitol Reef National Park, you’ll find 100 acres of orchards and pastures, most of which were established more than 100 years ago by Mormon settlers and where present-day park visitors are still invited to pick and eat the fruit.  

Over the years, about 1,000 trees have been lost to poor soils, disease, and old age. The Traveler’s Lynn Riddick reached out to two park officials to get some historic perspective on the orchards…and the details of the substantial rehabilitation project.