We learned that Capitol Reef was named because they have rock formations that look like capitol buildings-the domes at the top and also that the long rock barriers are like reefs. The park is quite spectacular with the rock formations and the colors. There are some hiking trails that are not too strenuous or long but most of the trails were longer than what we wanted to do. Here is an example of the reef (it was kind of hazy).
Here's an example of a dome.
We hiked in one of the washes. It was an easy hike but probably one of the most annoying. There were gnats all over the place that just swarmed you as you hiked. They got in your mouth and nose. So annoying! Here are our hikers. Dad was able to walk part ways with us.
Along the wash were names carved into rocks by pioneers who came through there a long time ago. Some of them were quite high up!
We, of course found cubby holes along the way. They were not right on the ground as you can see in the pictures.
We also found holes in the rocks which N2 had to stick their fingers into. They started singing along and pretending that it was like a piano.
We were hiking to go see waterholes that have formed in the rocks and water animals live there. They failed to mention that you would have to climb up rocks to get there. Mom and I decided not to continue but Brian and N2 went to see them. They only found one but they did find tadpoles.
The views of the domes and rock formations was really amazing along the hike and the sun cooperated right at the end. There were dark clouds that we were wondering about but we got no rain and the sun came out.
Pioneers had planted orchards in this area and they still have orchards there today that you can go to and pick fruit for a nominal fee during harvest season. Alas, it was not harvest season. They make pies with the fruit that they grow they. We picked up some pies to try them out-apple, peach, cherry, and blackberry. The peach was AMAZING!
We stopped at the visitor's center so N2 could get their junior ranger badges and then we drove a little further down on the highway to see more of the park before we returned to Hanksville to have our last dinner with Mom and Dad. Here are a few more pictures from the park.
Natalie wanted to take pictures and at the last minute, dad hijacked her picture!