Capitol Reef National Park
“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” -William Feather
Our adventure to Capitol Reef National Park was part fun and part work! We were in Utah filming for Mariposa Pictures’ new short film, The Traveler. We added a few adventurers to our usual cast of characters! Our nephew Isaac (Writer/Director), and close family friends Carter (Cinematographer) and Andrew (Actor), joined in on the fun. Capitol Reef National Park got its name from the white domes of Navajo Sandstone that resemble the dome of the Capitol building. It is a hidden gem dotted with red rock cliffs, canyons, and arches. There are around 15 day hiking trails located along Highway 24. You can also take the Scenic Drive beyond the Fruita Campground, which costs $20 per vehicle.
Since most of our time was spent filming, we were only able to fit in a few hikes. The Chimney Rock Trail takes you to the top of a low mesa 300 feet up, and then the loop trail takes you around the top. In total, the hike is 3.3 miles. The Hickman Bridge Trail is an easy 2 mile roundtrip hike that takes you to a large natural bridge. We also took time to cruise on the Scenic Drive until the end of the paved road. Once there, we parked and walked a short way down the unpaved Capitol Gorge Road. I will let our pictures tell the story of our trip!
Thanks so much for checking out our photo tour of our short trip to Capitol Reef National Park. Hope these photos inspire you to visit this beautiful gem.