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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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Oct 18, 2014 - Capitol Reef NP - Exploring the Back Country

(Ron Writing) We left Da Honu parked at our campsite and went off on a day trip. We first headed west on UT-24 across Capitol Reef NP making several stops to view the beautiful rock formations. We stopped at the Capitol Reef NP visitor center to inquire about our intended route making sure there were no road closures etc. The campground was still full this morning; also, there was a tour bus parked at the visitor center and it was very crowded. We thought we’d encounter light crowds at this time of the year but that certainly isn’t the case...

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Oct 17, 2014 - Capitol Reef NP - A Very Nice Place to Camp

(Ron Writing) We spent the whole day at home in our beautiful campsite. Except for the sound of the river flowing over the rocks in our backyard it was totally quiet – so peaceful. We went for a walk to find some firewood, did some reading, and washed all the windows of the trailer. We were going to have a campfire tonight but it got kind of windy for a while late this afternoon so we decided wait with that. What a nice relaxing day.

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Oct 16, 2014 - Capitol Reef NP - Off We Go to Southern Utah

(Ron Writing) We had planned to leave the Salt Lake Valley yesterday but it was very windy during the night and all the next morning. We decided to spend another day here rather than drive into a 20 mph to 30 mph headwind. This morning we left Springville, UT around 10 AM. First we stopped at Fastenal in Spanish Fork to buy some spare bolts for the hitch L-brackets, then stopped by the post office to mail some letters and cards. Then we headed south on US-6/89, then south on US-89. This route roughly parallels I-15 to the west but it took...

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Sep 4, 2014 - Cohab Canyon

Cohab Canyon is a destination atop the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park. The lower end of the canyon drops down into the gorge beside Highway 24, while the upper end overlooks the historical community of Fruita. Fruita is a historic town that is well known for its orchards. Now used by the park service to both educate and attract tourists, the town offers museum-quality exhibits from the pioneer era. My hike started at the Highway 24 Hickman Bridge Parking Lot at the lower end of Cohab Canyon Trail. About half way I took the...

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Sep 3, 2014 - Capitol Reef NP

Capitol Reef National Park is in south-central Utah. It is 100 miles long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 241,904 acres and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months. Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 mi of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, a rugged spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell,...

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Aug 12, 2014 - Capitol Reef N. P., Utah

What a day! Started out rainy and looking like the rain was settling in for good. We sat in the local coffee shop/bookstore for a while meditating what to do. Finally, we headed down Hwy 12 toward Boulder, Utah and took photos along this most scenic highway. The aspens were gorgeous and the sun came out as we headed south. There were wonderful wildflowers at the Homestead scenic pullout near the summit of the road at 9400 feet. We visited the Anasazi State Park in Boulder, site of an archeological dig exposing an Indian village dating back...

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2014 Western Trip

Aug 11, 2014 - Capitol Reef National Park

After a laundry/napping/WalMart day on Saturday, and a long drive yesterday, we woke up this morning ready to see some of Capitol Reef. What a wonderful park this is; one of our books describes it as combining the finest parts of Bryce and Zion in a more open and much less crowded park. We picked apples in the National Park Service orchard this morning in the historic area of Fruita and had a picnic at the Gifford house. In the afternoon, we explored some trails and took photos. This evening, we went to a chamber music concert in the...

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2014 Western Trip

Jun 7, 2014 - Rim Overlook, Hickman Bridge and the Grand Wash Trails

Saturday, 7-June – Capitol Reef National Park Trip miles: 9 miles Route taken: Park Rd → UT-24 E Average Gas mileage: 27.6mpg Weather: warm (55F) and calm in the morning, hot (90F) in the afternoon Elevation: 5380 ft. Highlights: - hiking the Rim Overlook Trail with the Hickman Bridge Overlook - hiking a portion of the Grand Wash trail from UT-24 With another hot, sunny day predicted we wanted to finish hiking by noon again today. To reach the Rim Overlook and Grand Wash trailheads we had to drive north on the Park Road to the Visitor...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Cohab, Frying Pan and Cassidy Arch Trails

Friday, 6-June – Capitol Reef National Park Trip miles: 0 miles Route taken: n/a Average Gas mileage: n/a Weather: cool (50F) and calm in the morning, hot (90F) in the afternoon. Elevation: 5380ft to 6640ft Highlights: - hiking the Frying Pan Trail to Cassidy Arch - watching a turkey wander through the campground Since we didn't want to arrange or count on a ride back from The Grand Wash trailhead or UT-24, we chose to hike the route from Fruta to the Grand Wash only as far as Cassidy Arch and then return on the same trail. To hike...

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