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“Nice Drive Through Park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef
HC 70 Box 15, Capitol Reef National Park, UT Torrey, UT 84775
(435) 425-3791
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Experience Utah's National Parks: Zion, Arches...
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking
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Bellevue, Washington
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“Nice Drive Through Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Getting to Capitol Reef from Arches is a really pretty drive. There are several spots along the River to stop by and have lunch. We even soaked our feet in the creeks. It has more foliage than Arches and is small picture into pioneer Utah. There are several points of interest to stop by during your drive through the park. There are plenty of trails to hike and the geology is different from Arches and Canyonlands.

Visited June 2013
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“Didn't know the meaning of Awesome before”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

A marvel of a National Park you can have almost to yourself. Zion & Bryce were beautiful but filled with tourists and man made trails. This park is not well advertized yet we enjoyed our time there more than the others. Beautiful formations, great walking trails, temperature in June not as high as Zion but bring water of course. Tourist center helpful and we went to 2 ranger led talks. One on the Petroglyphs and the tribes that settled the area and the 2nd was at night with a nice telescope. For the first time I was able to see Saturn, its rings and it's largest moon. Also we were pointed out the International Space Station and another satilite going overhead.
This park is out in the middle of nowhere electicity wise and the sky is one of the darkest and star filled I've seen in the US, Also a nice picnic table area under trees near a river to have lunch.

Visited June 2013
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“A day of gasps”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

It took us all day to visit every part of the park described as 'easy' - and we enjoyed every one of the attractions. Grand Wash was best - we walked and clambered up to the tanks where we enjoyed the most complete silence we can remember in stunning surroundings with glorious weather. The staff at the visitor centre were helpful and enthusiastic.

Visited April 2013
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Godfrey, Illinois
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“There is only so much to do.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

This park is nice, but there is a limited amount of what one can do, unless you have a high clearance, four wheel drive vehicle. This is an easy park to see in one day. You can get a great strawberry rhubarb pie in the Fruita area, but if you plan on picking fruit make sure you call ahead as there are only certain times they open the orchards for picking.

Visited June 2013
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“Audio tour CD: Inexpensive and informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Some parks charge $10 for the audio tour on CD. At Capitol Reef it's a value at $4. It's like having your own tour guide as you go through the park. Don't miss the left turn off Scenic Drive into Grand Wash; our favorite part of the park with the narrows, Pioneer Register, possibility of seeing big horn sheep, and seeing one of Butch Cassidy's alleged hiding areas.

Visited June 2013
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