Our Adventures RV'ing

Our Adventures RV'ing

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Spring 2018 Part 4- Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is in southern Utah, basically in the middle of nowhere. It's most popular features are part of a Waterpocket fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) that extends 100 miles but is only 6 miles wide.
The closest town to Capitol Reef is the small town of Torrey, UT. It is 11 miles west of the entrance to the National Park on Highway 24. In Torrey there are two well reviewed RV parks with full hook ups and with sites for larger RV's. Both are listed on RV Park Reviews; we stayed at Wonderland RV Park.

The RV park is right next to a farm; the dogs enjoyed seeing the animals up close.

With one day here and rain, we made the best of it by doing some short hikes and drove the scenic road into the park. Before the actual park entrance we stopped at the  Gifford Homestead for their pies which I had read were the best and they were, I even took some pies back to the RV to enjoy later.

We then drove the scenic road into the park, it is paved for the 1st 7.9 miles and then becomes a dirt road. We only did the paved portion since it was raining. The park charges a $15 entrance fee to drive the road, it is self pay and starts past the visitor center and campground. It is covered with the National Parks Pass.
Visitor Center
Scenic Road

We did two short hikes, Sunset Point and Goosenecks Point. Both were short hikes, not strenuous and had great views from the end points.

Short drive from the visitor center right on Highway 24 are some petroglyphs.

An often overlooked National Park, it is definitely a park to visit and appreciate nature from a geological aspect. An amazing place.

Next up: Summer 2018 RV trip ( Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) and some mountain biking.