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Jun 17, 2008 - Capitol Reef NP

We've spent the past two days at Capitol Reef NP. What a beautiful place! The Mormons settled in the area called Fruita and there are still orchards in the park and some of the historic buildings. The Fremont River and Sulphur Creek flow through the area. We hiked the Grand Wash trail which was flat and easy hiking. Camped in the park campground for $5 per night with no hookups. It was a tight squeeze getting into the campground and the host actually helped us park. The deer were everywhere in the campground and you could hear the stream...

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May 7, 2008 - Day 25 7/5/08 Capitol Reef NP

Day 25 Wednesday 7th May, Capitol Reef National Park (102 K9) We were up bright and early this morning, as there was a work camp set up beside us Steve felt it would be in our interest to move early prior to the workmen arriving, so at 6am he moved us back up next to the sign. After showering, having breaky, refuelling we were on our way by 8am. Don’t laugh Griff and Lou, that’s early for us. We set off south ward on Highway 191 – final destination either today or tomorrow will be Bryce Canyon. The sun was shining, skies were clear and it...

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May 1, 2008 - capitol reef national park

We stayed here for 2 days very cold as well in fact the campground we stayed at had to leave there water going for the lawn all night to keep it from freezing. We went to the park and hiked up to a nice size arch. After that we drove through an area that had canyon walls 30ft or more high we finshed at the small village were a morman shetlers lived and had a fruit orchard,school house and homes. We stopped at a small home that was a musuem and sold homemade fruit pies and bread.

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Apr 27, 2008 - Capitol Reef NP - Day 2.5

Capitol Reef NP-Day 2: After copious amounts of pancakes for breakfast we set out on another hike from the campground up to and through Kolab Canyon. We explored some of the things that we learned from the previous nights ranger talk. One of the most interesting was a section where there were numerous patches of green rock with white rock down the middle. It was caused by tree or shrub roots that leached the iron out of the soil many millions of years ago. The white rock is where the root was. The green is where the iron had been leached...

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Apr 26, 2008 - Capitol Reef NP - Day 1.5

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah - Day 1: We moved to the Fruita Campground in the park in the early AM. It’s a nice campground right off of the Fremont River in the valley and is surrounded by orchards. There are also several interesting hikes that leave from the general area. There is a nature center close to the campground that was opened for the first time of the year so we biked over and spent the morning there. The kids loved it. We did a nature scavenger hunt, made post cards, painted with mud, and made impressions of animal tracks...

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Apr 25, 2008 - Green River to Capitol Reef NP

4/25/08 Green River to Capitol Reef National Park Utah We drove the short distance to Capitol Reef in the afternoon. The geology and scenery were amazing. This area had the most varied colors that we had experienced thus far. Capitol Reef is a geologist’s heaven. The park encompasses a fold called a water pocket where the underlying layers are thrust up (or dip down from the other side) at a fault line. The result exposes many layers of the earths crust from blank to blank. Around the Fruita campground they are mainly the Moenkopi, Chinle,...

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Mar 28, 2008 - Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Today we visited Capitol Reef National Park in Fruita, UT. Capitol Reef was named this because of the many slickrock domes that are contained in the park. The park is also considered geologically special because of the Waterpocket Fold or a wrinkle in the earth’s crust that was created over 65 million years ago that is contained in the park. Capitol Reef is also home to Fruita, which used to be a former Mormon settlement that existed from the early 1900s to the start of WWII. The Mormons had planted an orchard here, which still exists...

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Nov 3, 2007 - Capitol Reef National Park

It was time to hit the road again today. After four days in Moab, I knew that I had to press on. I hated to leave Sunflower Hill - it was a perfect home away from home, and the staff could not have been more friendly and accommodating. But, I had places to see, the first of which was Capitol Reef National Park near Torrey, Utah. Capitol Reef is one of the lesser known national parks, even though Highway 24 runs through it. I had passed through there on my earlier trip, but did not get to do much exploring. Today I would have more...

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Oct 2, 2007 - Travel Day again, off for Capital Reef park

Was bright and sunny this morning and Dave went to check the road after the rain and all is well so we will pull the house out and head south for more parks and good times. We really are enjoying this trip south and seeing lots. We had stopped at some of these parks on one of our really short(like 9 or 15 days) trips to Arizona and back some 12-14 years ago but sure didn't see or do all we are now. It is so nice to take an extra day just to atv, or another day to see something and not worry about the schedule. We still have 3 national parks...

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Sep 29, 2007 - Capital Reef National Park - Torrey, Utah

After leaving Natural Bridges National Monument, we continued northward toward Capitol Reef National Park. We were delighted to find that the route we were taking took us through some beautiful scenery as we came down to the canyons cut by the Colorado River in this area. Gosh what beautiful red rock!!!! And to think that this was just a public highway rather than another national park. The only downside to this beautiful scenery around the Colorado River Basin was that it made our initial exposure to Capitol Reef National Park seemingly...

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Feb 14, 2007 - Capital Reef, Utah

We took the long route around Utah on our way to Bryce and Zion. That took us right through Capital Reef National Park. This is the least visited park in Utah, and I can't understand why. This is an amazing place. Although it was a beautiful, sunny day, it was just a little too chilly to go on any long hikes. In any other season either hiking or horse-back riding would make for an incredible couple of days. Just the drive through the canyon was one of the most amazing places that I have ever been. Again, we had the entire park to...

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Nov 15, 2006 - Capitol Reef National Park, UT

The Capitol Reef's main attraction is the 100 mile waterpocket fold, a 65 million year old series of reefs, white-rock domes, hidden arches and twisting canyons. We took our car to the limits of its abilities on one of those twisting canyons. We drove the car along a pothole-ridden road that wound its way slowly (we could only go 10mph) between the sheer walls of colourful sandstone. We managed to get out of the canyon without completely knackering the suspension and were rewarded by the sight of 1000 year old petroglyphs etched on the...

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