The last few days have been great for exploring Capitol Reef National Park. The Waterpocket Fold was pretty impressive! Early starts are the norm here so we can hike in the cool of the day. @kismetspackslack2018 and I have gotten used to packing up and trying to on trail before sunrise. Seeing the canyons from above is great, but it is hard to beat hiking through these narrow passageways and seeing hundreds of feet of cliffs above you on either side. All my pictures from the Hall’s Creek Narrows are on Jen’s phone. There are two aspects to hiking the Narrows: the tightness of the canyon and the hiking and wading through the water. Unfortunately, this is a very low-water year.
One of the other fun things has been seeing how things grow in the desert. Where there is water, we saw thriving Cottonwood trees. A few are pushing 140 years old. Trees can hang on for a while without water. They look pretty knarly when they are dead and dried out. I like to call them “bones of the desert”.
Capitol Reef is our fourth National Park in the last two weeks. Now back to Zion to try and hike its Narrows before heading to the Grand Canyon. #capitolreefnationalpark#capitolreef#waterpocketfold#nationalparks#nationalparkgeek#cottonwoods
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stumbled upon an unmarked 0.25 billion year-old fossil while scrambling
UTAH!!! I can’t get over this state!! Ever new landscape blows my mind all over again. Stoked to be 5 for 5 on Utah National Parks after today! Utah’s State Parks will have to be next on the bucket list! Also I feel like I’m starting to acclimatize to heat for the first time in my life! 9.5 miles in 90 degrees makes me so proud of myself and the victory ice cream tasted that much better! #capitolreefnationalpark#navajoknobs#rimoverlook#waterpocketfold#geology#utahrocks#neature
Out for a drive around the lovely Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, while a storm rolls in from the West.
Now, more than ever, it is important that we do all that we can to protect these wonderful places. Our most treasured natural places have endured continual attack since January 20, 2017. Only our continued support our parks and resistance to these attacks will allow future generations to experience these wonders of nature.
Capitol Reef National Park took us by surprise. It's built around a 100 mile long tectonic crease in the earth's crust that formed millions of years ago. You can clearly see the layers and the angles and the scale of it is simply massive! There are sandstone arches and spires, horses, a historic bakery, a river, a stunning scenic drive and bountiful orchards from the 1800s from which visitors can freely pick fruit. Very cool! -Tim