Blogs from Capitol Reef, Utah, United States, North America


North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef April 21st 2013

We woke to leaden skies and a frosty 25 degree morning. It gave us a chance to break out the cold weather gear that we had pulled out of mothballs back in Florida. We've had the same winter clothing for 20-years now and in that time we've probably worn them all of 6 weeks. I know; Poor us. We headed westward through broad canyons and striated escarpments. Huge mesas appeared, their tops intricately carved by erosion into fantastic shapes. We passed one called 'The Factory' but to my eyes it looked like Monte Cassino before the bombings of 1944 had reduced it to rubble. Once again we were the only people on the highway though we did see one RV that had pulled off onto a gravel park service road in the distance. They had one ... read more
Capitol Reek Park HQ
Family of Ten

North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef May 21st 2012

UTAH’S CANYONLANDS--- CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK Monday, May 14 No name, no fee, side of the road on BLM land, camp spot. 75 degrees at 9:45, with clear blue but hazy skies toward the mountains. We drove on into the community of Torrey to look it over and to get some gas. Another pioneer Mormon community, but we did see other churches of other denominations here. After filling the tank, we drove back to the Fruita campground inside Capitol Reef National Park to get a spot to camp. After we had secured a spot, at this very nice campground , we drove back down the park entrance road to look at the various sites. Why is the area interesting? This park preserves the 100 mile buckle of the earth’s crust back over itself called ... read more
512-111 Honeycomb rock
512-112 Capitol Reef road view
512-113 Petroglyphs

North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef April 30th 2012

almost missed this place because I thought I should drive more today. It’s only about 70 miles from Calf Creek but the scenery couldn’t be different. Huge orange, beige and chocolate sandstone mountains carved into the side of a 9000 feet high range with bits of snow leftover from last weeks blizzard. I did a short, three hour walk this afternoon after I arrived and with a bit of luck I will be able to upload the 360 degree video I made. Unbelievable! I keep on huffing and puffing up the mountains, speculating about what would happen if I don’t make it and then I arrive at the top and I become literally speechless. Not that I’m talking to anyone, it’s really quiet around here this time of year, that’s why I chose April/May to travel ... read more
Mule Deer

North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef October 21st 2011

We escaped the Utah Mountains and the impending snow storm on October 1 and drove to the lower elevation of St. George, UT. The main attraction there is Snow Canyon State Park, named not for the weather but for the person who discovered the area. Lucky him to see those lovely red rock mountains for the first time. We enjoyed hiking over the slick rock and red sand and the three pools and vistas as our rewards. Our campground was called “Templeview” and sure enough we could see the Mormon Temple in the distance. St. George is a lovely town with a temperate climate. We then drove to Capital Reef National Park over the mountain range, where it is open range for sheep and cows. We thought “Yea right, but we’ll never see them.” Big Surprise! ... read more
Terry, Grand Wash Hike
Marie & Nancy, Cohab Canyon
Marie & Richard, Cohab

North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef October 16th 2011

Southern Utah has a nearly unbelievable variety of landscapes. The desert canyons and slickrock of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument are only a small part of it. This state will provide as much scenery as a visitor can handle. Today is a perfect example, heading from deserts to lush mountains and back again. Hells Backbone Road Boulder, Utah was once the most isolated community in the continental United States. Mail was delivered by pack mule until 1940. In the middle 1930s, the Utah state government asked the Civilian Conservation Corps to build a road between Boulder and Escalante. They did, the Hells Backbone Road. Although the road has since been supplemented by route 12, it’s still a thrilling and prett... read more
Aspens along Hells Backbone Road
Death Hollow
Hells Backbone


North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef April 6th 2011

Grand Circle Day Five – Capitol Reef I was desperately trying to finish my essay for OU, poor Ursula was desperately trying to get some more sleep whilst I tapped away in the next bed. If we were in a penthouse suite in some five star hotel this would be a considerable distance, as it was I have slept further away from people I have been in the same bed with. I felt guilty, not guilty enough to have finished the essay before we set off, but guilty all the same. We had no internet in the motel, I couldn’t send my essay, but we went off sightseeing anyway. Ursula trying to make me find internet and send it, being eager to see views of rocks and other stuff I insisted later would do. We were ... read more
68 The Scream
70 striped rock
71 Folds of Capitol Reef

North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef April 10th 2010

9th & 10th April Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park After a chilly night where Jack ended up in bed with us and he and Jonathan stole all the covers (though i think Jonathan may argue otherwise) breakfast was in the beast and then the open road was calling. Again, the contrasting landscapes astounded us. Altitudes reached 7700 feet with yet more snow. Then there was Hells Backbone, a rather intimidating stretch of narrow road with plenty of switchbacks and sheer drops on either side. The perspective of where the front right wheel is when you're sat up high in the passenger seat, remember we're driving on the right hand side of the road, is decidedly warped. There were a few times where it felt as if we were driving through midair. We ... read more
Approaching Capital Reef National Park
Jack parking up the RV
Lucille & Jack at Capital Reef National Park

North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef October 28th 2009

The drive from Bryce to Capitol Reef was uneventful through Utah 12, except there are lots of zig-zag and up hills down hills. It makes you feel like that it will never end, but in a good way. The scenary was beautiful. Most of the hills are red-soiled, with Aspen turning gold in the autumn sun. We watched the west side of Capitoal Reef in the sunset from an overlook before we arrived at Torrey. Stayed overnight at the Best Western right next to the park entrance. The next morning, we headed over to the park. First stop: Panoramic Point. A very short walk to the overlook point. Here, you get a very nice view in the morning when you look west, where we came from. Everything is bathed in the soft morning ray. This is ... read more
Twin rocks
Chimney Rock
Cohab Canyon overlook

North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef September 7th 2009

Wednesday, August 25, 2009 In Which the Author hits the Cathedral Valley, Utah Camping alone at a pull-off off of a ridge road in the Fishlake National Forest, Utah, I’m clicking away on the keyboard in the dark tent. I keep hearing strange noises, animal-like noises, at the truck, which is only parked 5 feet away from the tent, but Sophie sleeps on, exhausted, and I’m too tired to be too alarmed. The noises stem from the truck, which is odd, as the engine has been shut off for hours. I made a few “whooping” noises (high-pitched grunts) and shined the flashlight around, but to no avail. Oh well, whatever it is doesn’t seem to be canoodling around the tent, so whatever… When I awoke early (probably around 8 a.m.), I surveyed the campsite, which was ... read more
Capitol Reef Valley Drive
Fishlake National Forest Campsite
Cathedral Valley Sophie

North America » United States » Utah » Capitol Reef September 4th 2009

This was a brief drive through from Bryce and I mapped out the scenic route that took me through the edges of this park. Either there is no actual entrance to this park or I missed it by driving through the "outside edge." I was very glad I did though. I am fascinated by geology in general and getting to see all the differences in the rock of these area's is just fabulous. The first picture here is just of some of the geology. The next area is what made me so very happy I stopped through here. There was a sign on the road that said "---- petroglyphs" so over I go and what a nice surprise! There were standing binoculars on platforms to look up at the cliffs (they tried to keep people ... read more
Capitol Reef Petroglyphs
Capitol Reef Petroglyphs
Capitol Reef Petroglyphs

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