Capitol Reef National Park - Sunsetpoint

Goblins State Park

Cassedy Arch - Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedal Valley

Stones here and a stones there, stones everywhere

Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, is open year around. I recommend to plan your vistit go to the parks website Capitol Reef National Park. I absolutely loved the park, its a bit of the beaten path and not as crowded as Arch National Park.

It follows our trip experience.  At July 6, we reached our campsite after a short stop in Goblins State Park and at Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center. In the late afternoon Carsten and I left for the Panorama Point, Goosenecks Overlook and Sunset Point to enjoy the sunset.

To escape the midday heat, we left early on Sunday to hike the Cassidy Arch Trail (900 feet altitude difference). We needed more time than expected, so we decided to stop in the Frutta Area at the old Grifford House for a delicious fruit cake and ice cream. That was not all that day, late afternoon we left our campsite for another adventure. After 3 hours and 28 miles over hill and dale and a river crossing, we reached the primitive campsite in Cathedral Valley. First, we set up our truck tent, for dinner there was bag food – better than expected. Then we enjoyed the sunset and the evening by the campfire.

Luckily, I was awake in time for the sunrise. Carsten and I enjoyed it for the first time while driving through Utah.

On our way back we past the Temple of Moon and Sun, the Gypsum Sinkhole, Glass Mountain.  At Hickman Bridge Tail we stretched our legs and walked the trail, and looked at Petroglyph Panel. Well-deserved we ate for lunch, Grifford cake again. At the end we saw a short film in the Visitor Center and our daughter pledge to Junior Ranger.