This weekend we went to Capitol Reef National Park. The night we arrived we went over to the park to check it out. Marcus and I picked up our Junior Ranger programs to complete. We watched a video in the Visitor Center. After we were done in the Visitor Center we drove down to the Petroglyph panel. We saw some drawings of weird people and animals. Then we went and hiked Hickmans Bridge. We saw a 133 foot natural bridge on the mile long trail.
The next morning we tried to get there early, to beat the heat. Once we got there we went to a geology program. They talked about the story the rocks tell. The first layer, a chocolate color, is called the Permian layer. That was before the dinosaurs, about 290 million years ago. The next layer is a rusty red color. It is about 248 million years old. Then it goes up to a white sandstone. And sandstone is made of what? Sand! No, not like the soft powdery white stuff. Red and white coarse sand. The sand was compressed over millions of years and formed into a rock. The next layer is another red layer. The top layer is a darker red. After the Ranger finished telling us the story of the rocks she signed our Junior Ranger programs. Then we drove over to Historic Fruita and checked out the Gifford House store and Museum. Then we drove on to the Grand Wash Trailhead. Mom said we would only have to hike a mile or two because it was 100 degrees out. We started out and by the time we got back to the car we were sweaty and tired. When Mom looked at her pedometer and told us we had actually gone four miles, we were so surprised.
Then we drove out the Scenic Drive. On our way back to the Visitor center we stopped again at the Gifford house and store and got ice cream. We drove a little bit further and stopped at the children’s Visitor Center and ate our ice cream and other snacks under a shady tree. After we finished our ice cream we went into the Visitor Center and played a couple game and ground some corn. Then we went on to the visitor center to turn in our Junior Ranger programs. We got sworn in and then headed home. I was happy we got to visit Capitol Reef National Park.
Just wanted to add a note to Cali’s post. We stayed at the Thousand Lakes RV Park in Torrey while we visited Capital Reef. We used Passport America discount, but they did charge extra for kids. There were great views from the campground and they had a pool. We stopped in the town of Bicknell to see where our friends the Dumas had once lived. We had lunch at Sunglow. For dessert we tried the pie sampler which included buttermilk pie, pinto bean pie, pickle pie and oatmeal pie. They were all really good. We also stopped by the library and met the Dumas’ friend Faun.