A Weekend in Capitol Reef

Hickman Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park
Hickman Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park

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A quick weekend trip to Capitol Reef is a great way to unwind and take in some natural beauty. If you have time to plan ahead, try to reserve a campsite inside the park. From there, you'll be close to the farm and a lot of the trailheads, and you'll get to spend the night in one of the most beautiful sections of the park.

If you're winging it, there's plenty of lodging in the nearby towns, or free camping on BLM land just outside the park.

Day 1

There are so many great hikes in the park, it's hard to narrow it down to just a few. Cassidy is a favorite though and will give you a good feel for the geological wonder of the park.

If you're up for a second hike, there are plenty to choose from. If it's hot, or if you just want to take it easy, the scenic drives in the park are absolutely awesome.

Check out the visitor center, too. The Park Rangers can help you choose the hikes and attractions that will work best for you.

Day 2

Hickman Bridge is probably the park's most popular hike. Hickman Bridge is the only natural bridge in Capitol Reef, and it's a fairly short hike.

The drive through Capitol Gorge is amazing. Be sure not to miss this one. At the end of the drive are some easy and popular hikes too, so it's a win all around.

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