Friday, October 24, 2014

Capitol Reef

My first visit to Capitol Reef several years ago was a drive by.  This time I planned an overnight stop on my way to my next destination.  Let me tell you friends,  it deserves way more than a drive by or an overnight.

But first, you've  got to see the sign for 'Never Rip Overalls' on the side of the Grass Valley Mercantile. (Note the guys on the four wheeler giving me the evil eye that prevented taking the time for a more thoughtfully composed shot).

The Capitol Reef Campground is first come first serve, no reservations.  I arrived about 230 to find it close to 3/4 full all ready. Good lesson for future visits in the busy season!  After settling in for a few minutes I headed out to explore.

The entrance to the camp ground is a mile or so off the high way in a stand of cottonwood trees.

At this higher elevation all the cottonwoods were at peak colors.  A family of four or five kids adopted this old giant as their own; playing under and in it all afternoon.

The trail leaves the campground in two directions; to the left along the Fremont River.......

And to the right past the Gifford Museum and Bakery (!); early the next morning I picked up one of their signature mini (warm) Apple Pies to share at my next stop.  The museum has some nice displays to illustrate life of the early settlers.

But back to my walk.....a little friend....

Giant cottonwood.....

Late afternoon light provided gorgeous back drop for trees along the river....

All the fruit trees are descents of the originals.....

Back to camp from my walk, there was still time to explore the 10 Mile Scenic Drive.  

Well, that was true in theory, but I was way too tired to drive all the way out and turned around at the five mile mark to head back to camp (again); it's way down in the stand of cottonwood in the center of the pic.

Red rock, yellow tress, and blue sky across Highway 24 from the Visitor Center early the next morning.

One last shot in morning light before hitting the road to the most anticipated destination of the my trip.....Dead Horse Point State Park.

P.S.  Thanks to my 'anonymous' commenter for noting typo of 'capital', that is, of course, CAPITOL.  

1 comment:

  1. I loved my visit there several years ago, but you saw it at a prettier time of year. Great pictures. I'm enjoying your trip.


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