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Jun 3, 2010 - Capitol Reef 1

We arrived in Capitol Reef NP at midday. I did a hike up Cohab Canyon and it was hot but I was glad to be in shorts for the first time this year. Bonfeat was unhappy that the Park Service discriminates against dogs so I was not able to take her. She thinks that if I put on hiking boots that she should be along. The flowers are very nice this spring.

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May 20, 2010 - Capitol Reef National Park

Today we explored Capitol Reef National Park. We started at the visitor center and watched a short film which explained how the fold in the earth happened here millions of years ago. One of the earth's plates pushed against another, causing a fold in the crust that stretches nearly 100 miles across Utah. Geologists call the fold a Waterpocket Fold. The Fremont River runs freely throughout the fold and has played a major part in the erosion of the rock formations comprising the folds, exposing them over time. The fold is visible from the...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

May 5, 2010 - Capitol Reef National Park

Wed, 5 May: We had a fun and relaxing day at Capitol Reef National Park. We had a picnic lunch (complete with deer walking through the picnic grounds), drove their scenic highway and hiked to “The Tanks”. The dirt road through Capitol Gorge is unique, you drive right up a slot canyon! At some points the road is very narrow (if you meet another vehicle, someone has to back up) and the park literature strongly warns you of flash floods…..check the weather conditions at the visitor’s center before entering. We’ve been on a lot of beautiful...

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Apr 9, 2010 - Capitol Reef National Park

Whew….. We worked only a few days and already we have a 3 day mini-vacation!! We looked at the maps and decided to go to the farthest National Park that we could, stay a day and then slowly venture back to here. Even better, I am eligible for a “Senior Pass” at ALL Federal Parks in the country…… I paid a onetime fee of $10 and that gets us in FREE to ALL parks and half price at all their campgrounds. The parks are typically an $8 to $15 fee so we get to stay in those for ½ that price!!! And you wonder why we love to travel in our...

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Apr 4, 2010 - Capitol Reef National Park

After lunch we headed over to Capitol Reef National Park. The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building. The domes run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. The park is filled with canyons, cliffs, towers, domes, and arches. The Fremont River has cut canyons through parts of the Waterpocket Fold but most of the park is arid desert country. We drove the scenic drive that shows park visitors some of the highlights,...

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Oct 25, 2009 - Our visit to Capitol Reef National Park

Our visit to Capitol Reef again left us breathless by its beauty. It is different than either Zion or Bryce Canyon (which are both unique and indescribable in their beauty), but certainly no poor cousin in its beauty and also very unique. If you don't know, seamen use the term reef to describe anything that is an impediment to travel (which of course coral reefs are), and that is the basis for that term in the name of this park. There is no coral reef. We traversed the park largely from west to east and also took a "scenic" drive that...

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Retirement Tour 2009

Oct 9, 2009 - Capitol Reef National Park

INFORMATION FROM PAMPHLET: The Navajo call it the "Land of the Sleeping Rainbow" - a strange but beautiful country where colors of the rainbow can be seen in many rock layers. Capitol Reef National Park is located in the heart of Utah's canyon country along Utah Highway 24, halfway between Canyonlands & Bryce Canyon National Parks. Initially established as a national monument on August 2,1937 to conserve & protect significant natural & cultural resources, Capitol Reef was increased to six times its original size & re-designated as a...

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Oct 3, 2009 - Capital Reef National Park

Sept. 28 Yesterday we drove a very scenic drive to Torrey, UT which brings us to Capital Reef National Park. After talking to the RV Park hosts we decided to take a self guided auto tour to Cathedral Valley in the park. The drive is 55 miles and took us 9, yes that's NINE hours! Our average speed was 10mph the entire day. The brochure of the park says Capital Reef is the least crowded and yes we only saw 3 other cars. The Indian inhabitants called Capital Reef "The Land of the Sleeping Rainbow". Encompassing nearly a quarter-million acres,...

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On the road again...

Sep 28, 2009 - Scenic drive HW 12 and Capitol Reef Park

The sky was really cloudy this morning so Tommy decided against the dawn photo expedition. For our day’s adventure, we drove east on Utah HW 12, a Scenic Highway. We could have come from Moab to Bryce Canyon by this road but I thought it would be better to take a longer, flatter route in the motorhome. Tommy agreed but still wanted to see HW 12, so off we went. We drove through more canyon and mountain country and got up pretty high – 9600 feet. We saw something really interesting along the way. Puebloan Native Americans had built granary...

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Sep 15, 2009 - Capital Reef National Park, UT

DATE: Sept 15, 2009 Day: 46 FROM: Arches NP, Moab, UT TO: Capital Reef NP, Fruita, UT MILES: 175 miles in 5 hrs = 35mph Got to within a mile of the campground when the sky opened up with wicked thunder and lightning… and then the hail came all at once. Got so bad had to pull over and let it pass – temp dropped a good 25 degrees in 5 minutes. Got to the campground and all they had was wind with some thunder! DATE: Sept 17, 2009 DAY: 48 Took a drive/walking tour of Capital Reef NP; the park was named because the gypsum domes prevalent in...

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May 8, 2009 - Utah! Capitol Reef Nat'l Park

Thousand Lakes RV Park, Torrey, UT We took the scenic route (Utah State Road 12) from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef Nat’l Park, and it definitely did not disappoint. The park itself is located in the Waterpocket Fold, a big wrinkle in the Earth formed 65-million years ago when some incredible combination of geologic forces caused the rock to buckle. The Navajo named it “The Land of the Sleeping Rainbow,” a perfect description for the layers of multi-colored rock. When we started down the Capitol Gorge Trail we noticed a number of signs...

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Apr 23, 2009 - Capitol Reef National Park

Thursday Capitol Reef is formed by a waterpocket fold in the earth, and presented an obstacle to the early pioneers who likened it to the barrier a reef presents in the ocean. Apparently one section looked like the Capitol Building in Washington, thus its name. The park is fairly narrow as is the reef, but runs a long way north and south. Five gorges cut through from east to west. The campground and visitor's center are in an oasis along the Fremont River called Fruita. Mormon pioneers homesteaded and farmed there, planting fruit and nut...

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