We missed Capitol Reef in 2017 when we were not too far from the park. Ok, we were in Utah, but this park is not convenient and it was out of our way, and we had some other place we had to be. This time, I made it happen and I am SO glad I did. We LOVE this place!
What I loved is that there were little to no crowds. It’s not a convenient park to get to, so that keeps the crowds away. It’s a GORGEOUS place and very unique. It’s now listed as one of favorite parks.
This place was so worth it and truly amazing. We started the day early with a 4.5 mile trail called the Grand Wash. It was only about 34 degrees when we started out, and it didn’t warm up too quickly since we were in shade most of the time. We were bundled up for sure! It was a beautiful hike and we took our time. It was a much easier hike than we normally do, but it was very early and very cold, and it’s what the boys agreed to 🙂
We walked and climbed and explored little nooks and crannies in the rocks. It was a gorgeous morning! Brooks make “chocolate” cubes out the soft, almost-dried mud. The boys had a blast.
In the park, you drive down into this valley along a river where everything is lush and green. There are numerous apple orchards where you can pick your own apples. Did someone say APPLES!!! Brooks is an apple Freak. I’m not kidding at all. He will tell you that it’s his favorite food. It was so amazing when he got to climb up a ladder and pick his own apples. It was like a little slice of heaven for him 🙂 There were also deer everywhere! We spent a good part of the day just hanging out and relaxing on the green grass and climbing trees.
We wrapped up the afternoon at an overlook that was gorgeous. Pictures really never do places must justice. It’s truly an experience to be there amongst so much beauty and to experience the sounds and smells of each place. We are so fortunate to have created this lifestyle.