capitol reef

  1. WasatchWill

    Backpacking with a pleasant person along a Pleasant Creek

    After a fantastic night with my oldest daughter, Willow, down in Willow Gulch, it was time for another round of Daddy-daughter backpacking with my next oldest daughter, Ellory. For this trip, I'd return to Capitol Reef's Pleasant Creek so that Ellory could experience it for the first time. Day...
  2. WasatchWill

    Cathedral Valley...It's About Time

    For the many visits made to Capitol Reef National Park over the years, we'd yet to make a drive into Cathedral Valley. Having recently acquired a somewhat high clearance 4WD SUV in the form of a GMC Yukon XL for our family, we took the opportunity to spend a day driving the Cathedral Valley...
  3. Jackson

    A Solo Stroll Near Capitol Reef

    May 4-5, 2018 This was my first true solo trip. I had attempted to go in November of 2016 to Lake Blanche, but I ended up unable to find a good place to stake out my tent, and I hiked out in the dark. I was determined not to let anything similar happen this time. I had wanted to to visit this...
  4. Outdoors24

    Overnight in Capitol Reef: A trip that ended early

    So this last weekend I went down to Capitol Reef with the intention of doing a two night backpacking trip. Due some complications that arose, it ended up being an overnight trip. The plan was to spend one night in Lower Spring Canyon, and then one night on the Frying Pan trail. We arrived in...
  5. WasatchWill

    Halls Creek...It was time.

    If you've been following me and my posts over time, you probably know how often I visit Capitol Reef National Park and the surrounding area. With my in-laws now living in Torrey and my wife being a great-great-granddaughter of the man considered to be the father of Capitol Reef National Park...
  6. JDWalters

    2 weeks in the Southwest

    Last May, my wife and I flew out to Las Vegas, and got out of there as soon as possible (not helped by Sixt Rent-a-car -- we were waiting in line for two hours). We had two weeks, and I had most every day planned out. My goal was to spend our time away from the crowds, so we did not go to...
  7. Ugly

    It's just a bunch of Rocks...

    “It’s just a bunch of rocks.” That is what I heard a couple of times the day before I packed the three oldest, out of four, into the Jeep and drove south for what has become our annual sometime-in-spring-trip, or trips, to Capitol Reef. This year it was a little early. The itinerary is...
  8. Ross

    Halls Creek and Muley Twist

    Halls Creek Narrows: Another place I’d got all planned to visit until storms stopped the plan a few years back. But this time good weather was forecast and I had good company in the shape of Jack, Paul and Steve. After much debate over whether to use the shortcut route, we opted for the...
  9. Outdoors24

    Overnight in Lower Spring Canyon

    Back in October I had enough time to do an overnight trip in Capitol Reef. Lower Spring Canyon seemed like a good choice for the time that I had. So I headed down with two family members. We did get a late start but it still worked out good for us. We started at the Chimney Rock trail head...
  10. Nick

    Cedar to Capitol Reef

    I've spent most of fall this year running around Utah riding my mountain bike. Not because I'm hugely into mountain biking - yes, it is fun, but more so because my side job of writing trail guides has expanded into also writing up some mountain biking trails around the state. 70 of them to be...
  11. Nick

    Around Utah

    So there I was, cruising south on Highway 6 in the LED spaceship, about 30 miles south of Wellington. After my last solo trip I decided to get back on the podcast bandwagon and I was totally entertained by season 1 of Serial. But a nagging thought kept popping to the foreground. I do not want to...
  12. Ugly

    Meek's Mesa

    Meek's Mesa 3/16- I am pretty sure this is not a regular destination in itself that is high on many people's lists, and if it is someone's secret place then they most likely stumbled upon it from a trip to Pandora's box. I have not done Pandora's box, but I was looking for a quick and yet off...
  13. Jackson

    Lower Spring Canyon in Winter

    January 29 - 30, 2016 I had been itching to do an overnighter in the desert since late November, and it worked out that some friends and I would go the day after my birthday. Spring Canyon in Capitol Reef was the destination. My wife and I had planned on doing this one last Memorial Day...
  14. slc_dan

    Waterpocket Walking June 2015

    Growing up, there was a kid in the neighborhood. Friend isn’t the right word, but someone I knew. This kid Brody was always pushing boundaries and going places I didn’t dare. He was around a few times when a group of us were playing night games, or catching pollywogs at the pond. Every time...
  15. Cool Danish

    Southern Utah Expedition 2014 – Canyonlands, Sandstone and more.

    This is my first Trip Report here on Backcountry Post. I thought it was time to try to give a little back, since a majority places I visited stemmed from all the excellent TRs on this awesome site. For some years now I have had a yearly tradition to travel around the Southwest with my best...
  16. Dave

    Upper Muley Twist, May 23-25 2015

    With a world of places to explore, it takes some convincing for me to revisit trails I've hiked before. Some places, though, are worth the time for a return trip. Such as the sublime Upper Muley Twist in Capitol Reef. My brother had never been to the park, let alone the seriously awesome south...
  17. hatchcanyon

    Utah Emery County: Clay Hills Road aka Wild Horse Road

    This road connects Goblin Valley with Factory Butte/North Caineville Reef on dirt. Sometimes it is called Wild Horse Road. As far as I know not that often traveled by people from outside the region. We heard about, have experienced some difficulties making it not always feasible to use it. This...
  18. Duke

    Cassidy Arch Canyon

    I have had my eye on this one for years and finally decided to hit it, so I took one of my 3 Aggies with me and we bagged it. A very pretty canyon with great anchors at every rap. However, be sure you are OK with some significant exposure before going because this route has it. This route has...
  19. Jammer

    Zion to Capitol Reef Hike

    I finished my Zion to Capitol Reef Hike back in May. After completing the "Flood Video" I got sidetracked and didn't get a chance to do a full trip report... until now. I'll give you guys a trip overview here and include the "short" video. But, if you have the time and want to dig deeper, check...
  20. Jammer

    Flash Floods in May? (Halls Creek Narrows Video)

    I'm finally back to my computer and getting a chance to assemble some of my photos/video from my recent Zion to Capitol Reef Hike. The full trip report is still in process, but I went ahead and put together a stand-alone video for Day 18 -- the day I went through Halls Creek Narrows during an...

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