Citizen Action

This is an image of Pectol's Pyramid on the Hickman Bridge trail in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. Teacher and businessman Ephraim Pectol and Wayne County High School principal Joseph Hickman organized community members to protect the local natural features they called Wayne Wonderland. They raised money to hire a photographer to capture the wonders. Pectol showed the images to President Roosevelt who issued an executive order to create Capitol Reef National Monument in 1937. In 1971 Congress designated it a National Park.

For the first time since the Antiquities Act was passed in 1906, a president is now seeking to eliminate protections to our heritage that his predecessors ordered. Comments and petitions need to be submitted before July 10, 2017.

 Pectrol's Pyramid from Hickman Natural Bridge trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Pectrol's Pyramid from Hickman Natural Bridge trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah