Capitol Reef National Park Things to Do

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    Grand Wash

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Grand Wash Trail (to 4.5 miles round-trip) - the hiking is easy along is deep canyon wash. The route passes between sheer walls of creamy colored sandstone walls decorated by the natural flows of desert varnish. The trail offers a narrows section too, for the most intense experience of the geology as the canyon shrinks to just 16 feet wide.

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    Hickman Bridge

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Is one of the highlights of Capitol Reef - a large, elegant natural arch in a scenic side canyon high above the Freemont River, surrounded by the great white domes of Navajo sandstone that characterise the national park. It is quite easily reached; just a 1.2 mile hike from UT 24.

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    Gifford Farmhouse - Outdoors

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    There are also a number of displays outside the farmhouse, including: A barn, farm equipment, livestock, and orchards.

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    The Castle

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    Just across Utah Highway 24 from the entrance into the main part of the park, and the Scenic Drive, is another of the famous formations in the park. This is the appropriately named "Castle Rock".

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    Hiking at Capitol Reef

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    There are several nice hiking trails in Capitol Reef National Park. I will describe them in more detail in the Sports Tips.

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    Flowers

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    Flowers in the Desert

    Take the time to stop and smell the flowers, or at least enjoy their beauty. It is interesting how the desert comes alive after a rain.

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    Have a Picnic

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    Picnic Area

    There is a picnic area not far from the visitors' center, so you can save money by bringing your own food and eat outdoors with the family.

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    Capitol Dome

    by agapotravel Written Jun 24, 2008

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    These rock formations are so enormous, it's hard to capture them on camera. Capitol Dome sits high atop a hill and appears to look out over the rest of the park.

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    Fremont River

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 13, 2007

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    The Fremont river runs through the canyon and makes this park more lush than most of Utah's national parks.

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    Capitol Dome

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 13, 2007
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    Capitol Dome is the highest peak in the park and is very representative of the type of Sandstone in the Reef.

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    The Castle

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Sep 28, 2005
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    Upon returning to Highway 24 from the scenic drive, heading west you'll have the opportunity to see several prominent formations. The first is The Castle. There's a pulloff to view this formation.

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    Grand Wash

    by goingsolo Written Dec 14, 2004

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    As its name suggests, this is not the place to be during a thunderstorm. But Grand Wash is a spectacular example of the stunning formations that comprise the landscape of Capitol Reef.

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    Hickman bridge trail

    by orke Written Nov 15, 2004

    this trail is really nice and also easy - its only about 2 km long and u walk to a big natural bridge - after ur there keep walking to the other side of the bridge

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