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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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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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Apr 28, 2016 - Snow in Capitol Reef National Park

We woke up to snow this morning – not in the plans! The campground was covered with a couple inches. That messed up our plans to go for a hike in Capitol Gorge today. Instead we drove into Torrey to the post office and gas station and then to the Visitor Information Center to use the WiFi and check on the route we are taking when we leave tomorrow. Torrey is over 1,000 feet higher than Fruita, so it was colder up there and there was more snow. It was sticking to the pavement. After checking email and posting journal entries, we headed...

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Apr 27, 2016 - Hiking in Capitol Reef National Park

We did two hikes today. This morning, we hiked the Hickman Bridge Trail, about two miles round trip. We were climbing most of the first mile up to the natural bridge. It is a nice hike with good views. Capitol Dome can be seen from the trail. It is one of the formations the park was named for. We saw the foundation of a Fremont culture pithouse. There is also a granary built in an alcove by the Fremont people and used to store the seeds and nuts they gathered. Hickman Bridge is a natural bridge 133 feet long and 125 feet high. The trail...

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Apr 26, 2016 - Capitol Reef Scenic Drive

This morning, we drove east on Highway 24 through the park, stopping at the pull-outs. At the first place we stopped, there are petroglyphs carved into the cliff by people of the Fremont Culture, Native American ancestors of the Hopi and Zuni. The petroglyphs date back to between about 300 and 1300 AD. The bottom of the cliff is eroding away and taking the petroglyphs with it. There aren’t many left. Our next stop was at the Behunin Cabin, a one-room cabin made of stone blocks built in 1882. The Behunins lived in the cabin for less than a...

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Apr 25, 2016 - Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

We got up early this morning and were on the road to Capitol Reef National Park by 8:45. We were at Fruita Campground by nine and there were several large sites available. We picked the biggest one and got settled in. It took some effort to get level. There are no hookups so it didn’t take long to get set up, once the motorhome was leveled. We have a wide, paved driveway and lots of grass around it. We went to the visitor center to watch the orientation film and look at the exhibits. On the way home for lunch, we stopped at Gifford House,...

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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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Oct 19, 2014 - Capitol Reef NP - Hiking In a Beautiful Canyon

(Ron Writing) We had a relaxing morning at home. After a late breakfast and listening to one of Pastor Glenn’s Homebuilder’s lessons, we packed a lunch and headed a short distance west into Capitol Reef NP. The weather was just perfect today; perfect for a hike in a very beautiful canyon. We parked at the trailhead along UT-24 and hiked southwest on the Grand Wash Trail. It’s a fairly easy 4.4 mile hike (round trip) with about 200’ of elevation change. The trail winds through a canyon with walls several hundred feet high on both sides. In...

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