Capitol Reef National Park

Nov 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Youth Blog

With something for everyone, Capitol Reef National Park, is one of my favorites. Capitol Reef is one of the largest National Parks- encompassing a quarter million acres. It is also one of the most underrepresented. We started off the morning at the Park’s Visitor Center, watching the film Watermark. The name was appropriate considering that it was water which carved the mountains and sustains life in this arid climate. From the Visitors Center, we drove to the Gifford House, a historic Mormon building in the town of Fruita which now sells baked goods. Apple pies are their specialty, but the shop sells everything from scones to chips and salsa. Armed with fresh-baked Apple Pie, Cheese Scones, Loaves of Bread, and Coffee, we set off on the 20 mile scenic drive around the park. It was at Capitol Gorge that the beauty of the National Park was revealed. Our Lexus squeezed through narrow pathways outlined by steep mountain faces. We took several moderate hikes around the area. From, the scenic drive, we went to the orchards, a living legacy of the town of Fruita. There, depending on the time of year, peaches, pears, apricots, and apples grow, providing hours of fun for both children and adults. Considering the time of year, we got to pick apples in a grove adjoined to the outdoor amphitheater and campgrounds. In the orchard resides a herd of deer which feed upon the fallen apples. These deer are docile, and unafraid of humans, and make for some awesome photo opportunities. The Fremont River is what gives the park life. It runs along the meadows and orchards of the park and zigzags along the mountain’s edge. We took the Fremont River Hike before heading out of the park. Capitol Reef National Park is a sanctuary for wildlife, a paradise for hikers, and a place that everyone needs to visit. To learn more visit  http://www.nps.gov/care/index.htm.

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