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Utah Trip 2009

Day 7 of 10

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Thursday, April 16th
Drive through Capitol Reef National Park to Torrey

The wind and rain were gone in the morning. We packed up our camping gear and shipped it home from the Moab Mailing Center. Even the worker there said she'd never seen it rain mud before (though she'd just moved to Moab in August).

We then made the drive to Capitol Reef National Park. It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive. There isn't really an entrance to the park, as Utah highway 12 runs right through it. We stopped at the Panorama Point parking lot and had lunch, but decided it was too cold for a hike. It was much colder here than in Arches or Canyonlands.

View from Panorama Point trailhead

Fluted Wall

Fluted Wall

We drove around, stopping at the Fluted Wall overlook and The Castle overlook. While here it actually started to snow a little bit. Just a few flakes. We decided to go to the visitor center which, while small, is very nice. There's a big graphic relief map showing the park. We went into the small theater and watched an 18 minute video titled "Capitol Reef Watermark" which talks about the forces that shaped the park.

Highway 12

The Castle

Next, we made the short drive to the Gifford House, which sells pies, home made ice cream, and other small items including local pottery. Unfortunately they'd already sold out of pies for the day. We'd come back the next two days for pie.

One of the main reasons we weren't camping here was that the campground is not reservable. As it was, there was plenty of space in the Fruita campground, but it was so cold that it was almost entirely RV's (no tents). It is a nice-looking campground, but I have no regrets. As we drove to the cabin near Torrey that we were staying at, it started to snow. Even after the snow stopped, it was still quite cold.


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