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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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May 22, 2016 - Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is "A Wrinkle in the Earth." According to NP information, this "wrinkle" is 100 miles long and is a result of a one-side uplift or fold. This occurred about 50-70 million years ago, then erosion took over to sculpt the uplifted rock layers. Can you see the Sulfur River below and the tight curves of the river? These tight curves are called goosenecks...thus the name. This canyon is only 800 feet deep. What is interesting is it's middle layer of rock formation is called Kaibab Limestone. This same limestone layer...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Capitol Reef National Park

September 10, 2015 CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK A giant buckle in Earth’s crust stretches across south-central Utah. This vast warping of rock, created 65 million years ago by the same great forces later uplifting the Colorado Plateau, is called the Waterpocket Fold. Capitol Reef National Park preserves the Fold and its eroded jumble of colorful cliffs, massive domes, soaring spires, stark monoliths, twisting canyons, and graceful arches. But the Waterpocket Fold country is more than this. It’s also the free-flowing Fremont River and the big...

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Oct 21, 2014 - Capitol Reef NP - Capitol Reef Scenic Drive

(Ron Writing) It was overcast this morning when we left the campsite and walked about 1.5 miles to the visitor center. The trail took us past the old blacksmith shop and the Gifford Homestead where there is a small museum and store. We spent some time at the visitor center listening to a ranger talk about the animal survey she is doing as a three-month assignment with a “Students in the Parks” program. We also watched a movie about the park and looked at the displays in the visitor center. On our walk back to the campsite we stopped at the...

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Oct 20, 2014 - Capitol Reef NP - Moving Day & A Truck Problem

(Ron Writing) Our waste water tanks were getting full so we decided to move to the Capitol Reef NP campground if it wasn’t still full as it had been all weekend. The campground doesn’t have any hookups but it does have a central dump station and fresh water. We were about packed up and ready to go when I discovered that the battery of the truck was dead. It started acting a little “weak” a couple days ago and since the battery is over 6 years old this wasn’t too much of a surprise. But it sure would have been nice if this had happened...

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