Capital Reef

We have selected a picture on our main page of Hickman Bridge in Capital Reef. Congrats to the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. I am very grateful that all this magnificent, beautiful land was preserved for our enjoyment and protected for future generations. There are 5 national parks in Utah…each one is diverse in its breathtaking views and geological phenomena. You might just feel like you are on another planet as you experience the wonders of landscape and rock formation. It’s unbelievable scenery is created by wind, water and time.

Our short road trip to Capital Reef National Park took just 4 hours from Salt Lake City. As soon as the weather warms and the snow disappears we get the urge to hike, picnic and explore the beautiful vistas of red rock and blue sky.

Surrounding the historic pioneer village of Fruita a trip to Capital Reef will bring you face-to-face with Indian petroglyphs, geologic wonders, pioneer heritage and the most beautiful night time stargazing you will find anywhere in the west.

Don’t forget to get yourself fresh pie and ice cream from the Gifford Homestead next to the orchards of Fruita. The canned salsas and jams we sampled were delicious and they sell locally handmade products.

At the entrance of the park is the pretty little tree-filled, charming town of Torrey. Stop by the general store and get your fixins for a picnic lunch to enjoy in the grove. We never leave this area without thinking of those early settlers along the Fremont River who left their mark and carved their names in the sandstone of Capital Reef.