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7 Reasons Visiting Capitol Reef National Park Is Worth It

I love Capitol Reef and I'll yell it from the mountain tops. It's my favorite Utah national park and I think it will be hard to change that. While I think I've done more in other parks, like Zion, Capitol Reef just has something special about it that I love and today I want to…

Cohab Canyon Trail: Capitol Reef’s Best View

I feel like every time I do a new hike at Capitol Reef, it's my favorite and things were no different on my first visit of the year.  Our plan was to drive Cathedral Valley Loop and camp a night out there, but as usual, things changed.  Our new plan was to hike Cohab Canyon…

The Best Things To Do In Capitol Reef National Park If You Don’t Hike

Capitol Reef might be my favorite national park in Utah.  It's the one I've lived the closest to making it the easiest for me to explore and makes for a great weekend trip in Utah. While it has a ton of awesome hikes, there are so many cool things to do that involve little to…

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Everything You Need To Know About The Capitol Reef Orchards

Capitol Reef is definitely the most underrated national park in Utah.  It gets overlooked on road trips through the area (guilty) for the much more popular Arches and Zion.  While I love the hiking of Capitol Reef and how close it is to where I live in the summer, I really, really love picking fruit…

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Capitol Cachers: Hiking Headquarters Canyon In Capitol Reef

I've driven past the trailhead for Headquarters Canyon I don't know how many times over the last three summers without doing the hike.  Well, I finally hiked Headquarters Canyon and it was so cool.  Plus, there was a Geocache tucked way back in there giving me even more reason to want to see it.  I…

My 11 Favorite Pictures From Capitol Reef National Park + Tips For Visiting

Capitol Reef is one of my favorite national parks so far.  It has tons of awesome hiking.  It's super close to other awesome parks.  It has delicious cinnamon rolls and ice cream.  And it's highly overlooked.  I just wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from my visits, my favorite posts from the park,…

A Little Taste Of Fall In Capitol Reef

The first day my parents were visiting we had a solid plan: take Burr Trail all the way to Burr Trail Grill in Boulder then go to Capitol Reef to see the Pioneer Register again (they hadn't seen it yet) and pick apples in the orchard at Capitol Reef, finally!  I wanted to pick fruit…

A Pit Stop In Capitol Reef: Hiking The Capitol Gorge Trail To The Pioneer Register And The Tanks

On our way back from Great Basin we ended up passing through Capitol Reef, which we do a lot, but we decided to stop and make the drive into Capitol Gorge. Last year we made a quick stop there, but we didn't go to the end of the road, this time we did.  I don't…

The Desert Narrows: Sulphur Creek In Capitol Reef

After first hearing about the Sulphur Creek hike on a podcast, I knew I had to do it.  I started thinking of it as the desert narrows.  Yes, the narrows in Zion technically are the desert, but this actually felt like desert.   I finally hiked part of the narrows in Zion the week before, still out…

Hiking To Hickman Bridge In Capitol Reef National Park

Updated April 2021 After driving through Capitol Reef a couple times and exploring the south end a little bit, it was time for a proper visit to the scenic road in the north.   There is the highway that passes through the park and the 10-mile (one way) scenic drive near the visitors center taking…

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Surprise Canyon: A Capitol Reef Slot Canyon

The best part about working at night was that I had all morning to go do stuff and explore.  This time is was Surprise Canyon in Capitol Reef.  It was my second time in the park and this time I had a goal.   I might not have remembered what it was called before I…

Lower Muley Twist Adventures In Capitol Reef

It was my birthday and I wanted to go somewhere.  After rounding up some new friends, we set off for Capitol Reef with, well, no plan.  After following Burr Trail to the end of the paved section, we went left to get to Capitol Reef.  The first part of it is really pretty, but instead…