Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Capitol Reef NP is the least visited of the five national parks in Utah, but only because of its location. The park has red rock canyons, bridges, cliffs and domes. We had some wild weather while we were there: thunderstorms, lightning, hail, rainbows and sun, all within the span of a day and a half.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

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Red rock cliffs

Red rock cliffs

Big puddles make great mirrors

Big puddles make great mirrors

Hail in June

Hail in June

Near the visitor center at Capitol Reef NP

Near the visitor center at Capitol Reef NP

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Fearless deer

Fearless deer

Although the Scenic Road was closed due to flooding, the weather didn’t take away from the beauty of the park. Hiking in the rain was easy as the sandstone does not get slippery at all. Here are some of the hikes we liked:

Hiking in the rain

Hiking in the rain

– Hickman Bridge Trail

Hickman Bridge Trail

Hickman Bridge Trail

– Rim Overlook Trail

Rim Overlook Trail

Rim Overlook Trail

– Sunset Point Trail. There is a 360 degree view at the end of the trail.
– Norton-Bullfrog Road to Burr Trail Road. The mostly unpaved road around the park is very scenic and is a must (need a high clearance car to get through some flooded spots if raining). Burr Trail Road passes through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the area is as spectacular as the park, if not more. The most impressive find was an unmarked canyon I accidentally spotted in the solid wall of red rock.

Secret Canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Secret Canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Burr Trail Switchbacks

Burr Trail Switchbacks

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Sage and clouds

Sage and clouds

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