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Capitol Reef National Park to mark Wilderness Act anniversary

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 3:37 p.m. MDT

A dirt road leads to monoliths in the Cathedral Valley of Capitol Reef National Park.

Ravell Call, Deseret News archives

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CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK — The park will mark the 50th anniversary of the Wildnerness Act.

On Sept. 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law. It created the National Wilderness Preservation System and recognized wilderness as "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."

Capitol Reef will host a guided hike in recommended wilderness with park ranger Holly Mills. 8-10 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 30, and Wednesday, Sept. 3. Meet at the visitors center. The hike is moderate with steep sections and minor exposure.

Visitors can enjoy anniversary cake along with a short talk on wilderness at the visitors center on Sept. 3, 10:30-11:30 am.

The park will also host an evening campground program at the amphitheater, with writer and photographer Stephen Trimble. 8-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30; and with Mills, 8-9 p.m. on Sept. 3, and on Saturday, Sept. 6.

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