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Canyoneering In Capitol Reef National Park

Canyoneering In Capitol Reef National Park

Canyoneering in Capitol Reef National Park is one of the most spectacular places in the world. Stay at Red Sands Hotel and book your canyoneering trip with Redrockadventureguides.com for an adventure you’ll never forget!

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The History of the Orchards in Capitol Reef

The History of the Orchards in Capitol Reef

Settlement came late to south-central Utah; the Capitol Reef area wasn’t charted by credible explorers until 1872. In the last half of that decade, Latter Day Saints (Mormon) settlers moved into the high plateau lands west of Capitol Reef and established communities based on short-season farming and grazing. They then looked to the east, along the corridor of water snaking through the soaring cliffs and domes of the Waterpocket Fold – the Fremont River. The origin of the little community at the junction of the Fremont River and Sulphur Creek is obscure. The first resident may have been an 1879 squatter by the name of Franklin Young, but the first landholder of record was Nels Johnson. Others soon followed, and the community that sprang up became known...

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Where did Capitol Reef get It’s Name?

Where did Capitol Reef get It’s Name?

Capitol Reef National Park one of 5 National Parks in Utah. It is 100 miles long and quit narrow. The park was established in 1971. Preserving 241,904 acres and is open all year. With May through September being the most popular months, this is a beautiful Park to explore all months of the year. Capitol Reef National Park was called “Wayne Wonderland” in the 1920s by Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman. Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. A Butte is an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top (similar to but narrower than a mesa). And a monolith is a large single upright block of stone, especially one shaped into or serving as a pillar or monument. From the Water Pocket Fold,  75 mi of the long...

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Winter Is A Great Time To Visit Capitol Reef National Park

Winter Is A Great Time To Visit Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is a great park to visit any time of the year. Looking for something to do for the weekend and want to avoid the crowds? Come down to Capitol Reef National Park and do some hiking and touring and have the place practically to yourself. Snow accumulated on the Boulder Mountain which is near the park, but in Capitol Reef National Park there is very little snow. You’ll find beautiful views of the red rocks with skiffs of snow around the cliffs.       Where to stay when visiting in the off Season With many Hotels open early March with great options to stay warm in the evenings and enjoy great food! The Rim Rock always has entertainment and great pizza and pasta in the early seasons when other restaurants are not quite...

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Where to stay in Capitol Reef National park

Where to stay in Capitol Reef National park

Why stay at Red Sands Hotel? Our Hotel Manager Kelli Hansen is a local and is always willing to share the local flavor of Torrey with our guests.  She has a passion for exploring the red rocks and the vast desert and mountain terrain. Want to know just what to see while visiting?  Just ask Kelli. She’ll guide you to the best locations for the season whether your hiking, off-roading, fishing or just sight seeing.  Want to stay even longer?  Kelli can help your build your itinerary around the Capitol Reef National Park area with her vast knowledge of the extended areas and local tour groups. Some of her favorite include:  Goblin Valley, the Burr Trail, Calf Creek Falls, Scenic Highway 12, Fish Lake National Forest, Thousand Lakes Mountain, Boulder Mountain...

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Hickman Bridge Trailhead Reopened

Hickman Bridge Trailhead Reopened

The Hickman Bridge Trailhead off Utah Highway 24 had been closed upon discovery of the a rockfall that blocked the entrance to the trail last year. However thanks to the Rocky Mountain National Park trail crew it is now reopen for us to enjoy! A portion of a retaining wall just beyond the rockfall was washed out during last seasons flooding in September.Hikers are asked to use caution when hiking through this area. Masonry work will begin in the spring as warmer temperatures allow. The Hickman Bridge Trail, 2 miles round-trip (3.2 km) is one of the most popular trails in Capitol Reef National Park.  This trail provides great views of the reef, Capitol Dome. the spectacular Hickman Bridge and also provides access to the Rim Overlook and Navajo Knobs...

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