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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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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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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Jeep Rental
"Located in between Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef National Parks on Scenic Byway 12 you can enjoy over 3000 miles of ATV and hiking trails along the Grand Staircase National Monument! This Jeep rental tour allows you to explore Historic Hole in the Rock Road and its red rock slot canyons visit Indian heritage sites dinosaur tracks arches and more! GPS helps guide you so you can travel efficiently on your own schedule. You'll also have the opportunity to ride to cool mountain lakes and marvel at spectacular views around every turn.This trip provides safe reliable and fun transportation to access remote area attractions where passenger cars and motor homes are not recommended. All renters are equipped with a GPS guide to locations and an Emergency Spot Locator so you can feel safe to explore."""
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Most Viewed Warnings and Dangers in Capitol Reef National Park

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Flash Floods and Storms

Because of all the gorgeous rock, I have to write this one about every National Park in Utah. This region see very little rainfall but when it does, all that water has to drain somewhere. That...
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Road Hazards

Mule deer and free-range livestock (cattle and sheep) are common on or near the roads, especially in the park and along sections of Hwy 12. Some of of the cattle are dark and could be hard to see...
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Pets at the Park

Bringing your pet to a National Park is not recommended as they're almost always banned from trails and buildings, and have limited areas they're allowed - only on a leash - to be walked. They also...
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Stay on the trails

Cairns, those little pyramids of piled stones along the trails, are there for two reasons: A. To keep you from getting lost and/or away from dangerous or unstable places B. To keep you off...
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Dehydration & Sunstroke

The Torrey area averages less than 8 inches of rain a year, and temperatures often top 90 degrees during the summer. You'll see reminders everywhere to drink plenty of water, pack at least a quart...
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Obey Warning Signs

As always, you should obey all warning signs. They are there for your safety and to protect the park, its wildlife, and its plants. Far too often I see people who feel the signs are for other people...
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Capital Reef Nat'l Park trail descriptions

The handout given at the Visiter Centre is full of errors. For example, Fremont River trail is in the Easy (?) category with a 770' elevation change in 1 1/4miles, when in actuality, it is only less...
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Wear Protective Clothing-

It is advisable to have the right attire to hike and even walk around. A good brim hat, and cover for the arms, even help avoid the harsh sun. Sunscreen and lip gloss is a necessity. Sweat bands for...
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Pit Toilets-A necessity with Caution

Watch where you feel you need to have some relief. The pit toilets are merely holes in the ground and they have not vent except up that hole you are looking into. The methane gases may kill you, if...
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Stay off the Delicate Soil-Cryptobiiotic

The soil content of this special dirt is sensitive to being disturbed. It contains minerals and it bound together with organic material. There are lichens, algae, moss, fungi, and other components...
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Flash Floods in Creek Washes

There were signs of some major flooding in Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge. The Park Service shut off access by vehicle while I was there. The rains apparently were only 2 inches, but around here they so...
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Drive Slowly!

The roads from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef are steep, with many switchbacks, cliffs, and mountains. In some areas, there is loose gravel on the road, so you have to be especially careful. You will be...
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Potholes

There are potholes through out the Southwest. In the dry arid country anywhere water collects becomes vital to sustain life. There are some species of fish and amphibians whose life cycle is...
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Dirt roads can wreak havoc

There are several dirt roads you must take to get to trailheads or scenic views. First of all, don't go in the mud if your car isn't built for it. Second, drive slowly! Those potholes are murder, and...
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Hotels Near Capitol Reef National Park

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675 E. Highway 24, Torrey, Utah, 84775, United States
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12 West Main St., Torrey, UT 84775
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150 North Center Street, Torrey, UT, 84775
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2900 West Highway 24, P.O. Box 22, Torrey, Utah, 84773, United States
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2600 East Highway 24, Torrey, Utah, 84775, United States
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240 W Main Street, Bicknell, Utah, 84715, United States
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Top Things to Do in Capitol Reef National Park

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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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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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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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Capitol Gorge Trail

This is a very easy (1 or 2+ miles RT) hike that even couch potatoes can do. At the end of the Scenic Drive, hang a left at the fork onto a dirt road and follow it a couple of miles to a parking...
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Grand Wash Trail

Wish we'd been able to do more of this one 'cause what little we crammed in was fun but the clock was ticking... Grand Wash Trail starts at the end of a 1-mile dirt road off of the paid section of...
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Lower Calf Creek Falls

This is a honey: a 6-mile RT hike to a shady waterfall oasis along an interpretive trail of 17 or so geological, botanical and archeological points of interest. Pick up a brochure at the trailhead and...
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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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