Capitol Reef National Park Things to Do

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    Historic Fruita District

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    While visiting the Historic Fruita District you can see the old historic one room school, located about .8 miles east of the visitor center on highway 24. This small school, built in 1896, was also used for other community activities. Moving the desks, the community enjoyed dances and box socials in the little building, as well as some church activities. A recorded message may be listed to here that will give you information about the school.
    The blacksmith shop, also with a recorded message giving you information about life in the community is located .5 miles south of the visitors center on the Scenic Drive.
    One mile south on the scenic drive is the Historic Gifford Homestead, which is an example of what rural Utah farmhouses of the early 1900s were like.
    Since the historic district lies in the river valley, its greenery is a contrast to the stark landscape that is found elsewhere in Capitol Reef.

    In the photo you see my husband standing by one of the huge old Freemont Cottonwood trees near within the historic district.

    My Husband By a Wonderful Freemont Cottonwood Tree
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    scenic drive

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    The best scenery in the park is to be found along the park's main scenic drive and along Hwy 24 through the reef. This photo shows the main scenic drive through Capitol Reef National Park turns to dirt at the end.

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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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    A couple of dogs

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 19, 2015

    It looked like a dog in the rock, at least I thought. Or I am maybe the dog? Either way it was bizarre to see.

    Dog rock in background? Looks like a dog
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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.

    Barn Outbuilding Horses Old Truck
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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.

    Chimney Rock Trail Hickman Bridge Trail Petroglyphs Trail Cohab Canyon Trail Old Wagon Trail
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    Flowers

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    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.

    Flowers in the Desert
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    Have a Picnic

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    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.

    Fremont River Fremont River
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    Capitol Dome

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 13, 2007

    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

    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.

    The Castle, Capitol Reef NP
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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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