» » A Charles and Mieko Simon Web Site « «

Capitol Reef National Park

It was a chilly but nice morning in Torrey and I got these photos of the cliffs adjacent to our campground.

  • 165-0409
  • 166-0410
  • 167-0411
  • 168-0412
  • 169-0413

Capitol Reef is a small National Park.   Had never heard of it before planning for this trip.   Inside the Park there were few RV sites and those available are on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.   This same problem existed with the next night's stay and I didn't want to chance our luck too often   So, we stayed at a commercial RV park a few miles away from the Park.

The portion of the Park that we could access was limited.   The drive, accessible by anything other than 4-wheel drive, into the Park is only 10-11 miles.   There are many miles of unpaved roads that require vehicles with high clearance and preferably all wheel drive.

  • 197-0442
  • 170-0414
  • 171-0415
  • 172-0416
  • 173-0417
  • 174-0418
  • 175-0419

The most prominent landmark in the Park is “The Castle.”

  • 176-0420

This peak is “Nipple Mountain”

  • 177-0421
  • 178-0422
  • 179-0424
  • 180-0425
  • 181-0426
  • 182-0428
  • 183-0429
  • 184-0430

At the end of the short drive, we come to a road that is restricted to vehicles slightly shorter than our RV.   This was the turn around for the return.

  • 185-0431
  • 186-0433

Don't Miss This

The Park Headquarters or Visitor Center is located in what was one time a Mormon settlement.   The tree in the below is a cottonwood that is over 100 years old.   It served as a meeting place for the purpose of receiving mail and thusly, is called the “Mail Tree.”   The bark of these trees, there were two, is quite remarkable.   Cottonwoods normally grow very close to water on the banks of streams and creeks, are fast growing and do not live long.   This community was called Fruita and some of the early buildings are still standing.

  • 187-0434
  • 188-0435
  • 190-0436
  • 192-0437
  • 193-0438
  • 195-0439
  • 196-0441