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Yellow Rock Tour Grand Staircase
"The slot canyons and rock formations of southern Utah comprise some of the most challenging and demanding terrain in North America. Painted rocks jut out of a broken landscape of ancient riverbeds sheer cliffs and bald sandstone domes of varying shades of red orange and yellow. Scrub brush and desert plants cling to life across dry rock plateaus while lush cottonwoods provide shade from the sun along rare creeks and streams.  Much of the landscape was once part of an ancient sea floor millions of ye and while the imposing terrain appears nearly inaccessible at first it provides rare opportunities to capture scenes of aching beauty and unique vistas for those willing to brave the steep slopes of the ancient rock formations.  Your hike up one of these formations the Yellow Rock
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Yellow Rock Tour Grand Staircase
"The slot canyons and rock formations of southern Utah comprise some of the most challenging and demanding terrain in North America. Painted rocks jut out of a broken landscape of ancient riverbeds sheer cliffs and bald sandstone domes of varying shades of red orange and yellow. Scrub brush and desert plants cling to life across dry rock plateaus while lush cottonwoods provide shade from the sun along rare creeks and streams.  Much of the landscape was once part of an ancient sea floor millions of ye and while the imposing terrain appears nearly inaccessible at first it provides rare opportunities to capture scenes of aching beauty and unique vistas for those willing to brave the steep slopes of the ancient rock formations.  Your hike up one of these formations the Yellow Rock
From $249.00
 
Arizona Desert Helicopter Tour Including Tower Butte Landing
"Land atop the magnificent butte and disembark to enjoy stunning views in every direction. Learn about Navajo history and culture from your pilot and take photos of the surrounding landscape during your 20-minute stop. From your vantage point high above t see Antelope Canyon Lake Powell Glen Canyon Recreation Area and the intricately layered rock formations of the Grand Staircase. Your short but scenic small-group tour ends with your return helicopter ride to Page Arizona.""""Delight in remarkable views of Antelope Canyon
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More General in Capitol Reef National Park

A Capitol Reef Pie Companion

It was Memorial Day weekend and we'd planned to spend it in Utah's least popular National Park to avoid the crowds. While the campground was full, it never seemed noisy. For four days, we hiked...
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richiecdisc
Jul 01, 2009

break the spell

Most places have an image that define them and if strong enough they embed themselves in our minds long before we see them in person. Such is the case with the Eiffel Tower and Half Dome. If you have...
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richiecdisc
Jun 30, 2009

"THE" Reef

Just hiking in the Capitol Reef park is fine with me. I admitedly love the forests, mountains, sea and other natural things, but the desert has truly captured my heart, I think you can find just about...
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Martin_S.
Jul 05, 2007

Fruit Orchards

If you are flexible in your travel, try to go when the orchards are open. This is one of the things we wished we could have done, but went before they opened. Stopping off to pick and eat some fruit...
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PinkFloydActuary
Sep 28, 2005

Goosenecks overlook

You'll find Goosenecks Overlook near Chimney Rock on the road leading into the park. There is a spur road leading to the overlook and its just a few steps from the parking lot to an expansive view. On...
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goingsolo
Jan 03, 2005

Hiking trails in Capitol Reef

Most of the trails along the scenic drive lead into washes along the Waterpocket Fold. But there are a few other options and even some hikes which are just a short stroll from a parked car. This...
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goingsolo
Jan 03, 2005
 
 
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The road to the Gorge.

Capitol Gorge is located at the end of Capitol Reef Scenic Drive. Its a short drive, but the winding, twisting and narrow road extends the time needed to take the journey. Be sure to take some time to...
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goingsolo
Jan 03, 2005

Cohab Canyon

Cohab Canyon is a hidden canyon which can be seen by hiking the trailhead from Fruita campground. It is rumored that the canyon was the hideout of Mormon polygamists seeking to evade the long arm of...
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goingsolo
Dec 15, 2004

Grand Wash Trail

The Grand Wash trail is a short hike through a very narrow drainage. The wash actually flows through the massive Waterpocket Fold, although the trail doesn't reach that far.The Grand Wash Trail is...
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goingsolo
Dec 15, 2004

Capitol Gorge

Capitol Gorge is the end of the line for the scenic drive. When the weather is cooperating, it is possible to drive down the 5 mile round trip Capitol Gorge Road to view the scenery up close. As it...
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goingsolo
Dec 13, 2004

Chimney Rock

After passing the Capitol Reef entrance sign, Chimney Rock is one of the first turnoffs you will see. The rock is view-worthy and there's a 3.5 mile trail leading to it. Its a good idea to find out...
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goingsolo
Dec 13, 2004

Capitol Reef Scenic Drive

The scenic drive is a 25 mile loop road which begins near the visitor's center. It continues by passing some artifacts left over from when an old wagon route ran through the area. After passing the...
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goingsolo
Dec 13, 2004

Visiting Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is located 120 miles east of Bryce Canyon. The ideal route to take is highway 12 because its so scenic and has 3 state parks en route to boot. Plan on at least a three hour...
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goingsolo
Dec 13, 2004

For Information

Stop at the Visitor Center and look at the exhibit and watch the film. Rangers and volunteers are available to answer your questions about activities within the park. This is also the place to pick up...
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KimberlyAnn
Sep 28, 2004

Hotels Near Capitol Reef National Park

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Top Things to Do in Capitol Reef National Park

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Hickman Natural Bridge Trail

There's a modest parking lot that starts as the trailhead for this trail east of the Visitor Center on Route 24. There are a few pit toilets here as well. The trail itself is for the most part an...
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Loop the Fold Scenic Drive

If not interested in a side trip to the Calf Creek hike and/or drive across the Hogback, the loop heads north on Hwy 12 at Boulder; visit the museum at Anasazi State Park if you have time. Just the...
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Petroglyphs

Along Route 24, east of the visitor center, you'll see a very popular turnout. Here, there is a boardwalk along the mountain face that has a number of great examples of the petroglyphs that are found...
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Frying Pan Trail

This is a dandy which traverses the up and over the top of the Waterpocket Fold and delivers 4-5 stars on the scenery scale. There are only two drawbacks: 1. It’s a trapse across shadeless, solid...
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Fruita Area

The Gifford House was built by one Calvin Pendleton in 1908 and subsequently occupied by two other families, the third being the Dewey Giffords (1928-1969): last of the residents to leave the Fruita...
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Scenic Drive

Gosh, there isn't a road in this park that isn't scenic, and all of them are free with the exception of this one - and it's a mere $10 per motorcycle or carload of people ($7 for bicycles). It's a...
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Top 5 Capitol Reef National Park Writers

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richiecdisc

"A Capitol Reef Pie Companion"
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goodfish

"The Big Wrinkle"
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BruceDunning

"An Eclectic Mix of Rock Formations"
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goingsolo

"Can You Keep A Secret?"
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Basaic

"Basaic Capitol Reef National Park Page"
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