Capitol Reef NP

When we last spoke, I was leaving Zion NP, heading to Capitol Reef National Park via Bryce Canyon.

I had done some reading on route options in the RV forums, wondering if scenic State Route 12 would be a good choice.

Don’t believe what you read.

It’s scenic. But a good choice for a long heavy trailer? Not really.

I huffed and puffed, using all my tricks (windows down, heat on, low gears), and made it up, and down, and up…

Cooling off

But it is scenic. Especially at the top.

Capitol Reef National Park is one of my favorites. I first camped here in 2012 on the 50th anniversary of the “good” road’s (state route 24) completion. But this time, I had a few more days to enjoy it. It had just reopened a day or two prior. The campground hosts had arrived in March, just as COVID had shut it down. So, they had two months in this park – all to themselves.

I woke up to this. Unreal.

Just another morning at Capitol Reef NP
Can you hear Charles “Pa” Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie doing the mornin’ chores?

I took a little hike up to a bluff overlooking the campground. (Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail)

The nearest town is Torrey, Utah. If you were to see this video with no context, what season would you think it was taken?

It’s a Wonderful Life?

It’s June and this is a Cottonwood tree blizzard. Happens for a week or two here every year.

“Snowdrifts” were everywhere.

And later that evening (on the Fremont Gorge trail), I walked up to get a sunset shot – running back and forth on the bluff to avoid the biting bugs, as the sun took its time setting.

I think it was worth the effort.

2 thoughts on “Capitol Reef NP

  1. I’m also grateful for the gorgeous photographs. And that’s the biggest cottonwood tree blizzard I’ve ever seen!

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