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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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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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