I should backtrack a little bit and state how we decided to camp at the Fruita campground and explore Capitol Reef (although this will be the first post you'll be reading, so it's not backtracking for you).
On our ladies' camping/hiking trip a couple weeks back, the group had to stop at what is called The Gifford House. This house is located right in Capitol Reef and is famous for its pie. I am not a pie person and so I didn't buy any. But all the other ladies did - both on our way there and on our way home. I thought Ben would love the house - and not just for the pies; it also had jams, cute wooden utensils, aprons, history, etc. It's awesome. So I wanted to bring Ben to the house - which is right in the Fruita campground in Capitol Reef National Park. I got online and the park looked cool and so we decided to spend a few days hiking and camping - and eating pies. And that's what we did.
So our first day was hiking Sulphur Creek (see the next post). Our second day we headed out for a 5-mile hike (again, thanks to having 2 cars to help shuttle!). We hiked the Cassidy Arch trail, to Frying Pan trail, then out Cohab Canyon - which brought us right in to our campground. No water this day. But it was another awesome hike and the kids did really great. This one was a little tougher in that we had a lot of uphill - including the 1,000 feet gain in just the first mile. Lucy did it all - with complaints, but not many. She has gotten so much better from just last year - yay! Okay, on to the many pictures . . .
After dinner we went to a "Ranger program," which was one of the activities in their books that they could chose to do. It was great and we really enjoyed it! The rangers (volunteer "rangers") did a little opening activity and then it was just questions and answers. It turned out really interesting.
Saturday was super windy - the high for Sunday was going to be 46! Plus, we had a 4-hour drive (and sharing time to plan!) and so we didn't plan too much. We packed up, had one last visit to the Gifford House, and 2-ish last hikes. Then home it was. Boohoo. So here are pictures from Saturday, our third and last day there:
At the ranger program from the night before, we were told of a spot we could find pre-dinosaur tracks. It was on the Sulphur Creek hike, which we had done on Thursday. But, luckily, not too far in - like 1/2 a mile at most. So we decided to go and check it out.
We then went on to our final hike - the Grand Wash. It was a simple, flat hike - and only 2 miles. It was easy-peasy. :)
It was a great, great trip! One of our bests, I think!