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Jun 21, 2020 - Capitol Reef

Sun., June 21st – It was only a half day drive from Moab to 1000 Lakes RV in Capitol Reef, but the scenery along Hwy 24 is truly jaw dropping. We unhooked and took off for a hike at Gooseneck Point and Sunset Point in the 91* heat, but the views were worth it. In the afternoon, we took a ride down US 12 to take in the beauty of Boulder Mountain. Tomorrow we head for Bryce.

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Westward Bound Again

Oct 9, 2019 - Capitol Reef

October 9, 2019 We awoke to a mild, but very windy morning. (I don’t believe it got anywhere near freezing overnight.) We partially took the “out and back” scenic route with the start at the park Visitor’s Center. We thought we might be able to hike the Great Wash Trail but the dirt road to the trail head was a bit much for Miss Daisy! Instead we found a place to park and walked the dirt road through parts of the wash, about 2 miles. This area was apparently near uranium mining as there was a warning about radiation and not staying in the...

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Oct 8, 2019 - Moab to Capitol Reef,UT

October 8, 2019 Another clear, cool morning. We have a short (160 mile) drive to Capitol Reef today. We are having slow cooked BBQ lamb shanks this evening. Bob was not up. I decided to make the braising liquid so that all I would have to do is cut up the veggies and pour all in the cooker when we got to camp. I found these great silicone storage containers that collapse which are perfect for the rig because they take up no space. As I started to put on the lid, I pushed too hard and the container started to collapse with liquid going...

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Oct 2, 2019 - Torrey and Capitol Reef

If you are following this phase of our travels, I recommend that you select “Colorado and Utah” among the choices below the map. The last time we stayed in Panguitch I made a solo trip on highway 12 through the Staircase Escalante to Capitol Reef National Park. It was a great drive, so this time we decided to take the Phaeton over the route. It was an even better ride in the Phaeton because of the big windshield. We made a couple of stops along the way at key viewpoints where there was room for our rig. One of the best spots on highway 12...

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May 22, 2018 - Capitol Reef Nat'l Park

The drive through the Colorado Rockies was pretty as I said in my last post. We passed just north of Vail and Frisco and saw all the signs for Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Beaver Creek. But once you head down the hill into Glenwood Springs the terrain changes dramatically. It looks like the high desert near Santa Fe but then starts easing into the rugged landscape of Utah just before Grand Junction. A “surprise” was the drive along the Colorado River. The river is so associated with the Grand Canyon that we didn’t even think about the rest...

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Sep 5, 2017 - a Capitol idea

Capitol Reef is one of the most remote and underutilized National Parks, but is was a great visit. Stayed in a great spot in the Fruita Campground within the park--no hookups but it did have a dump station. Hiked the Hickman Bridge trail, the narrows trail, Cassidy arch trail, Capitol Gorge, the Tanks, and hiked to some great petroglyphs. Drove the RV down some pretty dusty, bumpy paths enroute to some hikes, but worth it. Fruita was a community started by the Mormons--Utah is certainly Mormon country--and they have reopened some of the...

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Aug 10, 2017 - Capitol Reef to Moab

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017 Another cool and sunny morning to start the day. Tom filled the water reservoir, dumped the tanks and we were on to another leg on this adventure. Our destination was Capitol Reef NP. Again following scenic Rt. 12 we discovered the most important crop in the area – HAY. The farmers had huge irrigation systems watering their hay fields. Many farmers were baling along our route. Rt. 12 winds thorough cliffs and valleys and lives up to its designation of a scenic route with lots of switchbacks. We...

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Sep 3, 2016 - Capital Reef National Park and Escalante National Monument

Drove thru the Capital Reef 3 hours (160 miles) to Torrey Utah. Spent 2 days in a private campground about 15 miles from the Capital Reef National Park visitor center. Drove the scenic drives in Capital Reef NP and hiked into 1 of the Canyons. Couldn't find a campground with open sites for Labor Day weekend so we drove into the Dixie National Forest to dry camp for 2 days. We had another hail storm come thru and it got down into the low 50's at night. We were almost at 8,000' elevation. The last day we drove the car to Grand...

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Aug 15, 2016 - Utah Rocks!

Greetings from Capitol Reef National Park! We have now visited every National Park in Utah and their motto, “Utah Rocks” is very apropos! We love the red rocks of the parks in Utah and all they have to offer. After a wonderful stay in Bishop we drove to Ely, Nevada, which was just an overnight stop on our way to our campground near Capitol Reef. We stayed three nights at Thousand Lakes RV Park in Torrey, Utah. Again, highly recommended for our fellow RV’ers; the spots are well maintained, there is grass for the dogs, a pool but the main...

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Jul 28, 2016 - Capital Reef

Yesterday was a day trip to Capitol Reef National Park. Or maybe I should say a day and night trip since we didn't get home till 8:30. It was really too long since we used a scenic route which, of course, takes longer than any direct route. Also, we didn't get to see everything we wanted. Our plan is to go again using the direct route and stay overnight at least one night and maybe two. However, even though we were exhausted, the things we saw were worth the trip. The beginning of our route was Scenic Byway 12 going up past Red Canyon and...

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Jun 28, 2016 - Rim Overlook & Navajo Knobs

Rim Overlook/Navajo Knobs Trail is 4.9 miles long (one way) with a 1613 foot elevation change. The trail is very exposed with no shade, making it a hot, dry trip, especially during the summer. The trail to the Rim Overlook goes in and out of box canyons over slickrock. The viewpoint from the Rim Overlook gives great views below of Fruita, including a multitude of fruit and nut orchards, the Visitors Center and the canyons surrounding the historic settlement and the more distance views of the Waterpocket Fold and the Boulder Mountains to the...

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2016 RV Adventure

May 23, 2016 - Capitol Reef National Park

Today Sue and Annie decided to take a break. But I wanted to tour highway 12 and Capitol Reef National Park. Highway 12 is regarded as one of the most scenic roads in the world! I went through a car wash in Panguitch and hit the road at about 9:30. I turned onto 12 and drove the same portion of the road that we had traveled a couple of days ago through Red Canyon toward the entrance to Bryce Canyon. Driving past that entrance I stopped at the short trail to Mossy Cave. The cave wasn't much but there was some nice scenery in the area. Next...

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