Anne & Tom's Southwest Adventure travel blog

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Fremont River Falls

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Fruita Campground was full

We found the 1000 Lakes one was wonderful - fresh baked bread!

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The dirt road to Capitol Gorge

Steep clifs

Do you see the face?

Parked and ready to hike

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The old road

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Can you imagine the old vehicles going over this?

A beautiful day

Small caves with rocks that washed in during a flash flood

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Pioneer register

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The whole rock register

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Beginning the trail to the "Tanks"

Looking for the tanks - places where water was collected.

A lot of climbing

Now where do we go?

Great views

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Is this a tank?

Back down

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An easy chair

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These would need to be moved to clear the road.

A telephone line once ran here.

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The rock is very rough

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Back to the RV

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Still a dirt road

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Egyptian Temple

Giant paws?

A old building back at the campground

Fruit trees


Thursday

Capitol Reef is formed by a waterpocket fold in the earth, and presented an obstacle to the early pioneers who likened it to the barrier a reef presents in the ocean. Apparently one section looked like the Capitol Building in Washington, thus its name. The park is fairly narrow as is the reef, but runs a long way north and south. Five gorges cut through from east to west. The campground and visitor's center are in an oasis along the Fremont River called Fruita. Mormon pioneers homesteaded and farmed there, planting fruit and nut orchards which are still maintained. Many pioneer buildings are preserved there too.

We decided to hike Capitol Gorge, which was actually the original route of Highway 24. It is just a wide dry wash most of the time, but is subject to big flash floods which strew boulders along the wash and had to cleared out by hand in the pioneer days. Now it is a great hike, passing ancient petroglyphs and a pioneer rock register where early (and unfortunately later as well) travelers carved their names. Further on is a steep rock climb to some natural water-pockets called the "Tanks." We were never sure we did find them, but it was a heck of a hike!

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