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The Curse of Henry Mountains’ Spanish Gold

The Henry Mountains at sunset For over 300 years the curse of the Henry Mountains has persisted. Like many folk stories, the tale begins with greed and ends in ruination. Fact and fiction are woven together in this tale making it more legend than truth. “To him who reopened the mines will some great calamity […]

Thousand Lake Mountain: A Year-Round Adventure

An aspen grove in the Thousand Lakes Mountain area Thousand Lake Mountain is never short of year-round, outdoor adventure for those who seek a new favorite place. Nestled away in the eastern part of Fishlake National Forest, Thousand Lake Mountain stands like a centurion guarding Capitol Reef National Park to the southwest. Off-the grid travelers […]

Exploring the uncharted territory of the Henry Mountain Range

Standing majestically in south-central Utah, the Henry Mountains encompass nearly 2 million acres of remote, public land. The mountain range extends from the north shore of Lake Powell to the peak of Mt. Ellen, rising in elevation from 3,700 feet to more than 11,600 feet. With recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping, sightseeing, off-roading, wildlife […]

The Horseshoe Canyon Petroglyphs: Utah’s Underrated Tourist Guide

Most likely, you have heard of Utah’s world-famous national parks and its main attractions, such as Delicate Arch, Angels landing and Thor’s Hammer. These popular sights are definitely worth seeing, but they can be overcrowded at times. If you want an adventure that is less crowded, then you need to experience Horseshoe Canyon. Located in […]

6 Incredible Dog-Friendly Hikes in Utah’s Capitol Reef Country

  One of the main things that the great state of Utah is known for is its incredible access to the great outdoors.  And if there is one thing dogs are known for, it’s that they LOVE playing outside! Utah is a fantastic place to explore with man’s best friend. Capitol Reef Country in particular […]

12 Things to Do This Winter in Capitol Reef National Park

It might seem like Capitol Reef National Park is best experienced in the spring or summer, but there’s actually quite a bit to do there in the winter. Since the park includes both low-elevation desert that receive little to no snow and high-elevation areas with mountains and some snow, you’ll find there’s a variety of […]

ATV, Jeep Adventures – Capitol Reef Country

Hit the trails for the ride of your life on one of Capitol Reef Country’s amazing 4-wheel-drive trails. There’s a trail out there for everyone, from easy-on-the-axle Jeep roads to hardcore, rugged 4WD trails that bring out your inner adrenaline junkie. Easy Jeep and ATV Trails The beauty of Capitol Reef Country is in its […]

Bird Watching in Capitol Reef Country

Capitol Reef Country’s diverse landscape supports hundreds of bird habitats, including more than 230 documented species in Capitol Reef National Park. From tiny hummingbirds flitting about the campgrounds to massive birds of prey soaring above the slickrock cliffs, recreational bird watchers and ornithologists alike won’t be disappointed. Owl, pinyon jay, chukar, oriole, canyon wren and […]

Cathedral Valley Utah

Cathedral Valley is a remote district at the northern end of Capitol Reef National Park. This scenic backcountry gem is dominated by southern Utah’s iconic soaring sandstone monoliths scattered throughout the vast high desert. Cathedral Valley is a must-see for photographers and backcountry adventurists. Most visitors tour the 70-mile scenic Cathedral Valley Loop, which requires […]

Irish Slot Canyons

There’s a little bit of the BLARNEY in all of us, and so it’s time to the turn the tables and get  yourself into Utah’s BLARNEY Slot Canyon.  While you’re at it try Leprechaun and Shillelagh.  These three slot canyons are found side-by-side south of Hanksville, Utah, near the fork in the road for State […]

Forests in Capitol Reef Country

Capitol Reef Country is known for its incredible geography, including the backdrop of high-altitude forests that add incredible greenery to the scenery and provide cool relief from summer heat. Fishlake National Forest Fishlake National Forest covers more than 1.4 million acres, with the Fremont River Districts surrounding the Capitol Reef communities of Loa, Bicknell, Teasdale, […]

Tour of Utah – Cycling Race – Capitol Reef

The Tour of Utah cycling race has just passed through the Capitol Reef region and locals and visitors alike have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of watching these professional riders.     Stage Two of The Tour of Utah ran from Panguitch, Utah to Torrey, Utah, and covered a distance of 131 miles on a course […]

Road Cycling in Capitol Reef Country

There are four roads in Capitol Reef National Park designated for biking, but the Scenic Drive is best for road cycling.  The road is paved with a few rocky or sandy areas, and is generally considered easy to moderate. You can make your route as short as a mile or ride the entire 24 miles […]

Capitol Reef – The Waterpocket Fold

Capitol Reef’s Waterpocket Fold is the defining geologic feature of this majestic national park. This wrinkle in the earth’s surface extends for nearly 100 miles, creating a dramatic landscape of rugged cliffs and canyons, striking natural bridges and arches, and distinct formations in the heart of red rock country. This warp in the Earth’s crust […]

ATV Riding / Mountain Biking – Hell’s Hole & Velvet Ridge

The Velvet Ridge trail to Hell’s Hole is a combo ATV and mountain bike trail located off Highway 24 between Bicknell and Torrey. The trail is 19 miles round trip from both the Velvet Ridge and Sand Creek staging areas (depending on when and where you stop to play).  This thrill-a-minute trail is moderately difficult, […]

Capitol Reef – Featured in new 60 Sec. Video

Check out this great new video about Utah’s National Park Parks. Capitol Reef is the center of it all, so make your plans, and come on over!

Torrey, Utah – Key Location for Tour of Utah Cycling Race

Cycling Event Coming to Capitol Reef Country!   Aug 5-11, 2013 – Cycling fans, get ready to hit the highway and push the limits of endurance in the 2013 Larry H. Miller – Tour of Utah.  Attracting some of the world’s best cyclists, the Tour of Utah is one of only four UCI-sanctioned American pro […]

Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry

As if the fact that dinosaurs once roamed Utah wasn’t cool enough, now you can get up close and personal with the prehistoric past at the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry. The 600-foot by 150-foot excavation site reveals a history lesson of Jurassic proportions—literally—with 150-million year-old dinosaur bones unearthed by the Burpee Museum of Natural History as […]

Cassidy Arch & Grand Wash

Hit the trails inside Capitol Reef National Park and walk in the footsteps of history’s most famous outlaws.  The trails through the majestic Grand Wash and the spur trail to Cassidy Arch lead to some pretty unforgettable scenery as you explore the colorful canyon country.  Combining the two trails makes for a 7.5-mile roundtrip hike […]

Utah’s Unique Henry Mountains

The Henry Mountains are a remote mountain range on the Colorado Plateau encompassing about two million acres of rugged backcountry and running about 30 miles from north to south. Elevation ranges from 3,700 feet at the north shore of Lake Powell to a peak elevation of 11,522 feet at Mt. Ellen.  Hanksville to the north […]

Utah’s Scenic Byway 24 – Capitol Reef Country

Scenic Byway 24 runs east and west between Loa and Hanksville, Utah.  This incredibly scenic 75-mile drive winds between the Fishlake and Dixie National Forests, through Capitol Reef National Park, between the San Rafael Swell and the Henry Mountains and near the canyons of the Dirty Devil river basin.  A drive straight through will take […]

Wildlife In & Around Capitol Reef

The region that includes Capitol Reef National Park’s diverse landscape is a natural home to a variety of wildlife habitats.  Along the Waterpocket Fold and throughout the park, pinyon and juniper forests, rock cliffs, biological soil crusts, dry washes and perennial waterways provide homes for dozens of mammal, reptile and amphibian species, and more than […]

Thousand Lakes Mountain

Thousand Lakes Mountain is located in the eastern section of Fishlake National Forest, to the northwest of Capitol Reef National Park. It covers an area of about six acres central to the communities of Bicknell, Fremont, Loa, Lyman, Teasdale and Torrey. The mountain looms from 7,000 feet, where the terrain is craggy and rugged, to […]

John Carter Movie – Filmed at Mars Location

SPECIAL NEWS – The upcoming Disney movie called John Carter was partially filmed in an area of Wayne County, Utah that is referred to as Mars.  The area has a base station where scientists do research and study what life might be like, living on Mars.   Learn more about this area here.    View […]

Utah ATV Trails – Capitol Reef Region

A Good ATV Day with Red & Ray A few days ago I was sitting in a local diner eating a delicious cheese omelet, hash-browns, and wheat toast for breakfast. My orange juice was getting low as I heard a couple of guys sit down in the booth behind me. They commenced to talk and […]

Visitor Number 10,000 for 2011

Today we welcomed our 10,000th visitor of the year at the information center.   Pam and Frank Niziolek from Livingston, Texas  

Spring on the Notom Road

The Notom Road takes visitors deep into the southern area of Capitol Reef National Park, in summer it can be a hot dusty drive rewarded by impressive craggy ridges and a good supply of slot canyons. For a few short weeks in the spring however the views are joined by a variety of flowering delights. […]

Photographic Capitol Reef

Our web-site offers a very nice video view of the region along with a strong selection of photographs.  We invite you to visit our media page to see a collection of these photos and our video.    The entire web-site includes significant numbers of photographs to help you visualize the dramatic scenery that awaits you […]

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