nature trips


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kid friendly

wild flowers




trail running

Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah. It is 100 miles (160 km) long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 378 mi² (979 km²) 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 miles (120 km) of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, extending like a rugged spine from Thousand Lake Mountain southward to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park boundary. Capitol Reef is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular part of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. 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, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. The local word reef referred to any rocky barrier to travel.


So amazing

The best way to do this trail is to park a vehicle in grand wash, and hike from there. The start is the Cassidy Arch trail. It's a lot of gain in little miles.from there, you continue on the well marked frying pan trail. From that point, go through Cohab canyon. The views are spectacular. This will take you right down to the Fruita campground. We usually have another vehicle to get us back to the car in grand wash. We have also had a ranger take Us back too. Great hike.

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Very worth it.

6 days ago

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10 days ago

I wouldn't say this trail is hard, just a steady climb uphill. The views on the way up showcase the gulch really well. The top has a great view of the Golden Throne, but the gulch is just okay as you can see the entrance and i like the feeling of being enclosed by the gulch that you get on the way up. Beautiful views most of the time though.

scenic driving
10 days ago

Beautiful drive that has a few pullouts that provide good views.

Gooseneck was okay, but sunset point was beautiful. Gives you a better view than panorama point. It was very windy when I was there, but watched the sunset and gave the formations some nice colors. Relatively flat trail that kinda disappears at the end as people wonder around for a good view/photo.