Recently we made a quick little weekend trip to Capitol Reef National Park. We all needed a break after the last few months of being homebound and dealing with medical problems.
We booked a room in Torrey, Utah, and headed South on a Friday evening. We arrived at about 10:00 pm that night. Fortunately the motel accepts pets, so we were able to take our little dog with us.
The next day we started exploring. The kids really enjoyed scrabbling up onto rocks and boulders. Mama and the kids also enjoyed collecting rock samples.
Later in the day, on Saturday, we ventured into the Cathedral Valley section of the park. There is a loop road, that takes you into this area, however, we didn’t have time to do the entire loop. At one end of the road, you have to ford the Freemont River. I had checked in at the visitor center to make sure that it was safe to ford the river. As we approached the river, Amy was quite nervous (even angry) that we would drive our perfectly dry truck through a river! After surviving the river ford, she warmed up quite a bit. We 4-wheeled through some sand dunes, and then climbed the trail up the side of a hill. Mama and Bryan wanted to get out and do some rock collecting, so I let them out, and found a place to turn around on the road. After Bryan and Mama rejoined us in the truck, we headed back down the hill, and were ready to ford the river again. This time Amy was looking forward to it! We made it through the river safely both times, and Amy was a happy camper. Later on, Amy actually wanted to go back and ford the river again, just for fun!
Cathedral valley was beautiful. We saw some prickly pear in bloom, with bright red flowers. There are two main rock formations in Cathedral Valley. These are “The Temple of the Sun”, and “The Temple of the Moon”. To me these rock formations remind me more of giant sailing ships, than cathedrals, but you be the judge.
(Temple of the Moon to is above, and Temple of the Sun is below.)
All in all, we had a really great time. It was good to get away, and get some fresh air, and see some of our beautiful Utah Redrocks.
You can view more photos from our trip to Capitol Reef National Park here.