Capitol Reef

Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
Trip End Jun 09, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Arrived at Capitol Reef National Park yesterday & got a spot in the campground, the hoards from Memorial Day weekend had left so there were plenty of spots. It's probably one of the nicest National Park campgrounds we've stayed in this trip. It is in a valley that was once home to a Mormon community called Fruita, from the late 1800's. They had orchards & grew apples, peach, cherry, pear & apricots. These trees are still here & you can pick & eat the fruit free of charge while in the orchard but if you take it out a small fee is charged. None of the fruit was in season while we were here.

Capitol Reef is famous for its Waterpocket Fold, a nearly 100 mile long warp in the earth's crust. This park, while larger in size than Bryce Canyon, has far fewer visitors but is no less spectacular. The 16.6 mile scenic drive through the park is amazing & the colours are amazing. This morning we went for a walk up one of the mountains & then along through the canyon, it looked out over the campground & the valley. Gifford Farmhouse is next to the campground & is part museum & part country store. It is dangerous to have it next door as they have beautiful cinnamon- pecan scones ( nothing like our scones but very delicious) & lovely homemade chocolate ice-cream.

All the National Parks we have been to since Arches are part of the Colorado Plateau, all different from each other but truly spectacular & we have enjoyed every one of them. We only have one more to do, Zion National Park, & then we start back towards Los Angeles.
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Neil & Chris on

Capital Reef looks awesome, and scones and chocolate to top it off!!! Have SO enjoyed reading about your travels, can't believe you are nearing the end of your travels but looking forward to seeing you both again and catching up more on your adventures. Neil & Chris

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