Arnau Cangròs i Alonso
Very interesting to see and access through their highways and roads. Seldom has happened to me to enjoy both the ride in the car, where the landscape changed every turn. Over the millennia is clearly seen in the formations of the hills, layers of different colors and gaps that seem expressly put by human hand, and it is only over time and sand has been deposited and consolidated. We passed through and stopped only to see the petroglyphs, although many people do recommend parking and camping.
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The colors are so vibrant from bright red to even purple/blue (called the land of the sleeping rainbow inside of Capital Reef park). If you want to see the stars at night, this is the place to do it. There is no light pollution and there is hardly anyone around for miles. We sat on top of our car for hours and just watched the shooting stars at night. You can really enjoy the beauty and not be crowded by all the tourists. Wonderful hiking trails, you could spend hours exploring this area and not bump into anyone. The roads twist and turn and are a lot of fun to drive. I do recommend a jeep or offroad vechile for this area. You would be able to see so much more than just the main roads. You probably want to stay in Torrey, Utah which is about 15 to 20 minutes from the park or camp in the park. There are some great restaurants on the way to the park that over look the canyons. Once you are in the park, there does not seem to be any places to eat. So grab some sandwiches and WATER before you go into the park.
Beautiful for forests and green, the fields and the few buildings in style. Griffin also visit the farm and taste local specialties. Over all, the cakes. Excellent. Beautiful experience is also that of the fruit picking in the fields provided and designated for this beautiful experience. Everything provided for free that the fruit is eaten on the spot. Great America !!!
Emily Yih 薛意梅
"Capitol Reef National Park Capitol Reef National Park" because of its plain round boulders and cliffs similar to the US Capitol domed roof, named after the red red mountains, natural arches and magnificent scenery prehistoric murals, known as one million views road, every turn all sound amazing, even though the summer season and very few visitors. Via a orchard trees laden with sweet apricot crisp, can be picked at random, just put some random copper.
This beautiful National Park is often overlooked in favor of Bryce and Zions. Beautiful as they may be, they are both extremely crowded and overrun by busloads of tourists. Canyonlands Nation Park, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. You would expect that a free park like this would get more attention, but I guess being just off the beaten path and away from the big name parks keeps its visitor volume low. There are places to camp inside the park, at the parks campground, or there is plenty of unimproved BLM land surrounding the park that is open game to pitch a tent and not have to pay.
I spent 14 days hiking through this beautiful place. Saw a star in nova. Woke up to a babbling brook of fresh running water. Watched the panoramic view from just outside the reserve separate itself from the moving landscape that nearly makes you dizzy if you stare too long. And i love the black white and red pepper brush flowers. Slightly more pepper taste then the verdant white ones in California. An amazing journey through the best of things this world has to offer; leaving you with a lasting impression that never gets old.
In the land of the greatest national parks in the country (southern Utah)... Capitol Reef gets forgotten about... and you know what? I want that to stop LOL Capitol Reef actually had more of my attention than Zion did the first time I went there. We spent a lot of time taking photos and just kind of staring at what the park had to offer. the twin rocks, chimney rock and the petroglyphs were my favorite spots. The petroglyphs were very cool and we spent the most time here. Definitely hit up capitol reef. You will enjoy it.
Very nice national park one can well go by car. We are the scenic drive down to Pioneer Register. From Capitol Gorge, the road becomes a gravel road. This is still passable and recommended.
This is definitely a national park one has to visit! Ive been to the other four national parks in Utah (which tend to be more well known) over the past several years. The famous Waterpocket Fold runs across the entirety of the national park and is truly a sight to take in. Whether one is it enjoying the scenic drives or going further into the national park with a hike, one will not be disappointed. Don’t forget to enjoy a pie in the Fruita/Gifford House area :-)
Capitol Reef National Park in Utah got its name from the white domes of Navajo Sandstone that resemble capitol building domes and the rocky cliffs – which act as a reef, creating a barrier to travel. The park is one of the best geological classrooms in the world. Rock layers in Capitol Reef reveal ancient environments as varied as rivers and swamps, Sahara-like deserts and shallow oceans, each marking an era through almost 200 million years of Earth’s history.
Great National Park with informative Visitor Center. On the main road that runs through the park, there are almost all view points. The trail climb to Hickman Natural Bridge is really worth it!
The park itself is pretty great. It has some awesome day hikes into slot canyons and impressive red cliffs abound. My biggest complaint was the confusion and mismanagement regarding camping reservations, of which none are taken. As result people, in last minute desperation, were camping all over the place in the surrounding national forest. I would love to revisit this park but not if I cannot plan on having a camping spot.
We went in mid February. Weather was perfect. Beautiful blue sky! But the trees in Fruita and near the Gifford house still had not started to bloom and the Gifford house was closed. But the last time I was here, they had the best pie ever! The scenic drive is beautiful! every ft is a different view. Esp the unpaved roads which takes you closer to the canyon is marvellous! Definitely must visit! #mightyfive #utahgram
We lucked out when we got to Capitol Reef because the peaches happened to be ripening and we got to go into the orchard and pick our own. It was a nice little oasis in the middle of the desert and we also got a nice long hike in. By stringing together several of the trails, and a small portion of the road, we hiked a nice loop over 12 miles long (a bit longer than I thought it was going to be).
Unbelievable scenery, unbelievable history, I felt like I had stepped into another world. Saw 2 adult deer and 1 baby wandering and foraging in the ancient fruit orchards less than 20 yards away. Public access to the orchards is based on harvest dates. (check their calendar if you are looking to pick a specific fruit). Highly recommend hiking and exploring at Capitol Reef National Park.
Capitol Reef is beautiful with the feel of canyonlands without being too remote. There are lots of sights to see and good camping in the area. If the spots are full in the campground I would recommend camping on the BLM land that surrounds the park. There is a lot of land here so I would also recommend bringing a 4-wheel drive so that you can drive to some of the more remote sights
Beautiful park, but especially it is not something to look at. Missing one - two days to see everything. The camping deer live well, or come back to eat grass.
Of the national parks in Southern Utah, if you are only going for short hikes and view points, this park is less fun and less picturesque than the others. However, if you are going for canyoneering or canyoneering-esque hikes, this park would rise to 4 stars. Canyoneering - Rappel through Cassidy Arch Canyoneering-esque - Hike down the Goosenecks.
The rocks are beautiful colors. There are both high, steep cliffs and strangely shaped rocks. Especially the last part of the scenic drive is worth it.
We have visted many NP in the southwest and my kids loved this one the best. The canyons have been eroded to form many nooks crannies and small caves that they practiced their climbing skills in. The trail that we visited that they enjoyed was Cohab Canyon, above Gibson House, a steep climb initially but worth it.
Just great. Quiet, great hiking trails. Particularly the cafe and the orchards once in a NP. And the stone arches - breathtaking! 1a.
Beautiful, quiet and peaceful place. What a gem - very happy we made time to explore it. Hickman Bridge is a highlight as is fresh pie and ice cream at the homestead. When the shades open at the park HQ after the slide show, revealing the Castle feature on the N side of the valley, your jaw WILL drop.
This park takes some time. Cannot just drive through site seeing. Many interactive stops, and lookouts. It will be hard not to absorb the history and perspective of time while driving through the beauty it has to offer. Stop for picking apples just as the original settlers did as you make your way.
It can be visited in a day quietly, nice to see. Move food and water because there are no restaurants or anything.
Probably my favorite National Park. A tucked away gem that you must see. There are beautiful rock formations nestled tightly against the highway and even more on outlying trails for those seeking more adventure. Petroglyps are astounding to see and plentiful in this area.
Capitol Reef has quite a few wonderful hikes with otherworldly scenery. Short hikes off the highway or scenic drive are nearly all worth the walk. Those looking for longer hikes should check out Navajo Knobs and Upper Muley Twist, some route finding skills are required.
I personally love this place as it has been declared the darkest area in America as it is so remote from towns and cities. Also if your looking for a good hike with a great view I recommend Casidy Arch which offers a good history of Butch Casidy and a spectacular view.
A nice park. They have some very nice attractions such as arches, pools, and an old community that now serves as a museum. Take the scenic drive it is an easy way to see a lot of the park without hiking. Some of the hikes are worth going on such as Cassidy Arch.
Capitol Reef is an interesting national park, different than the other Utah parks by far. It offers great camping, orchards, home made pie and ice cream, and some decent hikes. My wife and I joke that it feels like a community, so be careful what you agree to.
Capitol Reef is one of our favorite national parks. The trick to see most of the park is to spend a lot of your time on the dirt. All wheel drive helps but it is not necessary. it is always good to check with the rangers to see how the road conditions are.
Without doubt one of the most impressive. Big and roomy, much better than the usual rounds to Monument and Arches
less touristy than parks that surround it, capitol reef remains an indispensable step in Utah!
Jeri Lynn Mower
A very mellow and beautiful landscape is what you will find at Capital Reef. Lots of wonderful red rock cliffs as the backdrop for any scene in this area. A great weekend getaway for camping, hiking, off roading, or just enjoying some peaceful leisure.
Wow! I love the back country areas of this park! Highly recommend doing the high clearance ~60mile loop north of 24! Ford the river to start the trek. Pack a lunch and have a full tank of gas. Have fun! Very quiet and few people back there.
Hidden gem. At first not as striking as Zion or Bryce but then it will grow on you. Fruit orchards, historic house selling ice cream and pies for breakfast, nice trails and very few tourists provide a welcome relief on Grand Circle journey.
Beautiful vistas, lots of hiking available, from easy to strenuous. Lots of places to stop quickly for a very short walk to amazing photo ops. Weather in the middle of June was great, 75 degrees. The scenic 10 mile drive was beautiful.
There are great many exciting and surprising places in this national park. Definitely worth a visit
Somewhat of an out-of-the-way treasure. Amazing views, and some potentially great hikes. We arrived a little late and stopped for lunch, then picked apricots in one of the orchards. We then drove the loop, which was totally worth it.
The rusty red rivers were fascinating. The petroglyphs were awesome. The beautiful red sand and rock cliffs are gorgeous. Lovely trails to explore. Just remember to bring enough water and be aware of any flash floods warnings.