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Old 06-19-2016, 04:21 PM   #1
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Capitol Reef National Park

On our way to Oregon next month we are planning on visiting Capitol Reef National Park. It is a Gold-tier Certified IDA International Dark Sky Park, and we love starry skies. Has anyone been here before? If so, how did you like it and do you have any suggestions?
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Old 06-19-2016, 05:46 PM   #2
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I've been there a number of times over the years on BMW motorcycle rallies. Torrey Utah is hallowed ground for BMW sport touring members, both those still here and those who have passed. The roads are great, and will support speeds far in excess of what the Park Service will allow. Scenery is typical canyon lands, in other words, awesome. Not as spectacular as the Grand Canyon or Zion, but not as crowded either. Even though my motorcycling days are in my rear-view mirror, I still stop by the Chuckwagon Motel whenever I'm in the area for the nostalgia, and grab a hamburger and shake at Slacker's.


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Old 06-19-2016, 06:13 PM   #3
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Thanks, we will have to try Slackers!
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Don't get there too late in the day. It is not a very large campground but it is nicely laid out. There is an apple orchard, a remnant from the old farm. You can eat what you like while in the orchard but pay for what you take out. It is well worth the trip.
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:53 PM   #5
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Last time we were there, there was no park entrance fee.. If possible get there before 10:00 AM. It fills up fast.
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Old 06-19-2016, 08:38 PM   #6
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This is typical of Capitol Reef.

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Great destination, one we love - good info. above. Night skies in this general area are impressive. Alternate, dry camping options not too far from Capitol Reef are USFS Singletree on Boulder Mtn. (8300' elevation), and USFS Fishlake Mackinaw (8800' elevation.) No hookups, but cooler due to elevation; close enough for day visits to the NP; some sites reservable. I'm no expert but suspect the night skies may be better at the higher elevation.
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You can find a few pictures of Capitol Reef on our trip in September 2013; a place I would highly recommend. And the night skies out there in Utah in and around the national parks are superb. We were there in September and as a result were able to pick apples - and my bride made us an apple pie! https://travelwiththeslowskys.com/20...eptember-2013/
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great one!! We were there three weeks ago
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Wonderful place. Campground fills early, but there's open camping on BLM land just outside the park to the east.
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We were there about 4 weeks ago. No reservation. Obtained a spot but you have to get there early. It's a beautiful park and the roads are good. Three camping loops in Fruita campgrounds. Good hiking and plenty to see.

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Agree wholeheartedly with all previous posters, would add that Utah Hwy 12 toward Canyonville, UT is one of the most beautiful drives in the state if not the nation.
Wonderland (former name of Capitol Reef before it was adopted by the NPS) RV Park in Torrey is a good location and rate if you are not able to get in a state or national park campground. It boasts an actual "sheep shack" cabin which has been restored for those who are RVless. Enjoy the rocks!
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We visited Capitol Reef last spring. As mentioned, the campground fills up fast as it's first come, first served. There are no services on site (i.e. electricity, etc.) but there is a water fill and dump station. Last year, the campground was full by 11:00 in the morning. Check out the gift shop in the old farm house adjacent to the campground for their wonderful pies that are delivered fresh every morning from a resort in Torrey. BTW - bring your own wine as there is nothing available in the vicinity.
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