Capitol Reef, Utah

My brother is planning a trip to Utah and Colorado which got me daydreaming about Southern Utah again. 

Capitol Reef National Park is a great park not nearly as busy as Arches, Zion, BryceNatural Bridges and other nearby locations. It’s a vast and impressive park for hikers and desert lovers. 

State Route 23 through Fremont River Canyon was actually a road at one time! Sandstone walls are riddled with fossils, petroglyphs, and very old graffiti. If you look closely you will see sharp shooters who managed to spell their names in gunfire. 

It seems one could spend months and months exploring the lovely nature Utah has to offer in its parks. 

What’s your favorite park? 

26 thoughts on “Capitol Reef, Utah

  1. Utah is very high up there on my list of must see destinations. I don’t think it will be this year, but hopefully next. I like your photos of the graffiti, it’s such a strange compulsion humans have, to try and own something so vast, to say I was here and part of me will always be. The recent craze for ‘love locks’ seems to be the modern equivalent.

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  2. In my ski bum days about four decades ago, when the lifts closed in early April, I’d go camping and hiking from the Squaw Flats Campground in the Needles district of Canyonlands. The weather was usually good and hiking the flat rock was great fun. I’d guess it is somewhat busier now. Utah is a wealth of beautiful country. I think I’ve said it before, but the Mormons really scored when they got it. I think it should have been the Presbyterians. 🙂

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  3. Capital Reef has eluded me thus far, but I can’t complain about the parks I have visited in Utah. They are all amazing in their own way. I’m hoping to get in a road trip with my daughter to one of Utah’s NP in May. I’m letting daughter decide which one!

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