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Alyson G reviewed Fremont River Trail
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HikingNo shade

Took this hike from the campground. It's a nice stroll along the river and then a climb up to a gorgeous viewpoint that looks down over the cliffs and the Fruita area. I went at about 9am in mid August and it was already heating up; after you leave the river area there is basically no shade so it gets quite hot! The heat puts this hike on the slightly more challenging side. Also at one point you must pass through a pretty narrow gap in a wooden fence; larger folks might have a hard time squeezing through (or might have to scale the fence).

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Christian Puff reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Christina Harris reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail. Definitely a bit scary on the incline where a fall could easily cause you to fall off the side of the cliff. I highly recommend but would caution kids.

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Dallas Fawson reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Hiking

Decided to hike this trail due to it being lightly trafficked. The first 1/3rd of a mile or so is a leisurely, flat stroll through orchards and campgrounds. I almost abandoned it thinking it would stay like this, but then there’s a fairly steep, rocky ascent with lovely views at the end. Hiked this on a Friday evening and had the trail to myself, except the initial stroll.

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Andrew Oliverson reviewed Velvet Ridge
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Mountain biking

Mountain bikes the trail. Sandy in some spots, but manageable. I’d recommend the trail if your looking for a well worn Jeep route. Good workout.

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Amy Borchardt reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Hiking

Such fun. Today was hot and walking in the water felt wonderful after all of the many dusty trails I have walked this week. Wear some type of water shoe. Views were amazing and pool at the end is a refreshing treat!

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Johanna Kennard reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Hiking

We did this around 11am in July and chose it hoping for some shade. We did about 1/2 the hike in the shade and enjoyed the view at the end of the hike up. This is a unique hike where you get to see the different flora near the river and volcanic rock as you hike the last stretch. We saw only a few other people on this hike—biggest reason we loved it!

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Brent Moody reviewed Velvet Ridge
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RunningNo shadeRocky

Great trail. Ran it early in the morning. Perfect temps, light breeze, sunrise was amazing! Didn’t see a single other person out there.

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Josh Triplett reviewed Tantalus Flats
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Scenic driving

Did this in my bone stock '08 Subaru Outback. There were some pretty hair raising moments. Ideally you'd have more than 9 inches of clearance and 4x4. Low range is nice especially at a certain point when the ruts are very deep and you are climbing a steep incline with a sheer drop off on your right(if coming from CRNP) side. I high centered it twice here and sacrificed my catalytic converter heat shield to the cause while using momentum to carry my up. It was pretty fool hardy with my vehicle; a stock wrangler, 4Runner etc. with good tires would be fine. With the right kit and/or sufficient skills this trail is excellent. Planning to do it again, but this time in my truck with 33's.

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Karen Detera reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Hiking

Park near the grassy picnic area and cross the street toward Gifford House and you will see the trail marked. This hike was near the river (not through the river) which is a benefit for children to stop and play. If you want a hike through water, check out Sulpher Creek Trail. My children also enjoyed playing on the rocks at the top. Most of this hike is actually along the mountain adjacent to the river, but it's safe enough for children. The footing is pretty easy, not too rocky. Definitely make sure you get to the end, at least the first viewing area. There are a lot of flat rocks for you to take a break and have a snack. We went midday and it was pretty desolate. There was a lot of wind that blew up the mountain and a good portion of the hike was in the shade to keep you cooler, but I would bring plenty of water. Also note, you can ride bikes and bring dogs but you can't bring them the entire trail, basically right before the mountain hiking begins. So don't bring pets if you plan on hiking this entire trail. You could possibly ride bikes up to that point and chain them up because there are wooden gates restricting you to bring them. After you finish, you could stop by the orchard or go to the Gifford House and grab some pie to eat in the park :)

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William Alexander reviewed Tantalus Flats
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Off Road Driving

We did this in a group of 3 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons and the first part up from Bown's Reservoir is very pleasant. However, once you start on the South Draw Road portion of the track, it becomes very difficult. Easy perhaps for mountain bikes, but challenging for jeeps. My friends in the other two Rubicons had lifts and larger tires, whereas I had a stock Rubicon. Needless to say, they were doing better than I. There were a few spots where my jeep was tilting toward a sheer drop and the only thing that kept me going was the knowledge that my friends ahead of me made it without rolling. Once you arrive at Capitol Gorge, it is a very easy paved road of course.

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Aaron Silver reviewed Velvet Ridge
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Mountain biking

Disclosure: this was my first time mountain biking (though I am in decent shape, thanks Peloton). This trail seemed pretty tough. Going west from the trailhead definitely some sections where had to walk my bike uphill (and a few where I had to walk downhill). Also some sandy sections I couldn't pedal through. Did better coming back east, though I skipped the last little bit going down to US 24 since it seemed like the climb back up would be really rough. I am guessing a more experienced rider would have had less difficulty. That being said, scenery was beautiful and I had a great time.

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mark gerstein reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Hiking

A very enjoyable hike starting out as a ramble along the Fremont River and orchards and then climbing up to a beautiful view of the fold and Fruita.

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Sammy Shah reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Walking

Really easy trail - the only dog friendly one at the park. I went here in February, the temperature was in the 40s, but was warm in the sun. Because it was off-season it wasn't crowded - in fact I was the only one there (on the trail). The park is beautiful - worth seeing. I wish I had camped out there or got a cabin and did some more trails.

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Gary Gagnon reviewed Fremont River Trail
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The steep climb is fun. Stopped to pick fruit in the orchards on the way back.

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Lowell Koppel reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Hiking

The 6 mile drive on the up and down dirt road was harrowing. The trail was pretty easy; prepare to have wet feet. Very neat place!

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Manuel Hecht reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Hiking

First half is good for a stroll, second half is a good hike. For our 5 year old son was it a good distance.

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Mike Henderson reviewed Tantalus Flats
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Mountain biking

Did as a mountain bike trip in mid-june. While some guides recommend starting at the lookout, we saved 3 miles and parked just off the highway on the road to Bown's Reservoir. Fun downhill for quite some time with great views of the Park and Henry Mountains. We took the road and passed a biker later who had taken the ATV track. He said it was really bumpy (glad we didn't choose it). At some point you will see a sign saying Tantalus 5, take this left. As you lose elevation and get closer to the park, the road gets a lot more sandy patches. Great views all of the time. After crossing Tantalus Creek you will climb until you get into the park. Just after crossing into park there is a downhill section that can be pretty technical. I rode it but my wife walked her bike. Most of the ride is easy on the technical except for this part. Riding out South Draw to Pleasant Creek is really fun and flowy. We made it onto the scenic drive where our ride found us and saved the last 8 miles to Fruita. Was 101 degrees in the park, whew! A breeze kept it pretty cool for most of the trip.

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Leon Josowitz reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Beginning is just ok but once it starts climbing its awesome!

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Jack Tatsch reviewed Tantalus Flats
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Off Road Driving
First to Review

Tantalus Flats is reached from Hwy 12 on FR 186 to Lower Browns Reservoir, then FR 168. Nothing was that bad when I traveled it in 2009. We continued on into Capitol Reef NP. There was a fairly tough spot just inside the park. You go over a ridge, and the road goes right beside a deep washout until you get off the ridge. Several miles farther on, you cross Pleasant Creek, and you are on the Scenic Drive back to Fruita.

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Breck Tuttle reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Hiking

Trail follows the Freemont river near the campground and orchards. Its very easy for the first 1/2 mile along the river. Then climbs up to a valley overlook where there is a great view of the valley.

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Leah Kovach reviewed Velvet Ridge
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Julia Powell reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Melissa Stott reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Ben Rathsack reviewed Velvet Ridge
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Brian Lockhart reviewed Fremont River Trail
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Ben Rathsack reviewed Velvet Ridge
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Courtney Edwards reviewed Fremont River Trail
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J Strong reviewed Fremont River Trail
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