Hiking Capitol Gorge at Capitol Reef National Park

We said goodbye to Bryce Canyon and headed to our next stop on the tour of the Utah Five, Capitol Reef National Park. The drive was long, but scenic. Our stop at this park was brief since we were en route to Moab, but still pretty awesome.

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visitor center with The Castle behind it
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Panorama Point

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We drove to the trail head for Capital Gorge, a short hike within the park.

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It was getting pretty hot so we didn’t hike all the way up to the tanks, but had it been cooler we might have. The hike through the gorge was pretty awesome.

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Petroglyphs!

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The writings on these rocks have been here since the 1880s when the early Mormon pioneers carved their names into the sandstone.

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The Pioneer Register

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On the way out of the park, we stopped at another pull off to see more petroglyphs.

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Can you spot the ancient drawings in the rock?

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The walk through Capitol Gorge was only 2.1 miles RT and took us roughly 1 hour at our slow pace.

 

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