I'm planning to spend a day in Capitol Reef National Park area. I will be driving from Bryce Canyon, up UT12, exploring the area before spending a night at Torrey.
The night should be 18th August. I understand this is peak season, but could I get by without booking a place? Or is this necessary at this time? If not Torrey, would Grover or Caineville be better options?
As our time is short in Capitol Reef, are there some must-dos?
My parents are 68 and 72, but are relatively fit, but I guess any walk that takes over an hour would be hard for them in the heat.
We have also heard of Fruita, the fruit farm there and we are definitely keen on doing that. Other than that, we don't have any specific plans.
After the night in Torrey, we will be driving down to Grand Canyon and spending a night en route.
We'll be driving down routes 24, 95, 261 to 163. Mapquest puts the entire drive as 6 hours, so I'd like to drive till the 3/4 point - would Kayenta be about there? Do you suggest another stop for the night?
On the Rand-McNally map, I see the Natural Bridges Monument and Goosenecks State Parks, but they are indicated with grey roads. How safe are these roads for normal family cars? Also, realistically, how long would the drives up 275 and 316 off Highway 163 be to stop and have a look?
I'm planning to get the $80 Annual Pass for the parks as I will be visiting Yellowstone, Zion and Bryce as well before that. However, I will be using rental cars and different rentals as I will be flying in to Salt Lake City and Las Vegas respectively. Are rentals considered non-commercial and private cars? And will I have problems using since the plate numbers will be different?
Thank you for your help.