Capitol Reef

Last weekend was Fall Break for the kids, so we spent a few days exploring Capitol Reef, Utah’s only secret National Park, with some of the best hiking around.  Every time we’ve been here before, it was passing thru quickly, so this time we stayed three days and explored. I think you could spend two weeks here and do great hike every day.  It’s also a nice break from some of the more crowded parks; on both hiking days we went hours and hours without seeing anyone else.  This, on two of the best hikes in the park, on the busiest weekend of the year! Can’t wait to go back!

Day 1:  Sulphur Creek

Lunch Break
Lunch Break

 

The First Waterfall. Notice who has outgrown all his shoes? Great barefoot hike.
The First Waterfall. Notice who has outgrown all his shoes? Great barefoot hike.
Water Hike
Water Hike
Near the End
Near the End

Day 2:  Sheets Gulch

Emerging from the Deep
Emerging from the Deep
Spiderman Moves
Spiderman Moves
Slot Canyon Girls
Slot Canyon Girls
Sheets Gulch
Sheets Gulch
Mailboxes
Mailboxes

Day 3:  Fruita

We checked out the pioneer house, children’s museum, took a lot of pictures and ate pie.  My son is in a photography class and was working on an assignment, he has lots of great pictures to sort thru.

The Fruita Barn, with realistic-looking background cars
The Fruita Barn

The snake presentation was really good.

Boa
Boa