Capitol Reef National Park

On our drive from Escalante to Moab, our route had us going right through Capitol Reef National Park. We were only there for a few hours but it was a great stop on the way!

Panorama Point

Our first stop in Capitol Reef, after getting our photo with the entrance sign of course, was Panorama Point. There was plenty of parking for our camper, and a short walk led to amazing 360 degree views!

Views at Panorama Point
More gorgeous views

After Panorama Point our plan was to hike the Hickman Bridge Trail. When we got to the parking lot we realized it was super crowded and there was no room to park our camper. So we doubled back and parked at the Petroglyphs. This was pretty cool to see and not a crowded parking area. It did add about .5 miles each way to our hike.


Hickman Bridge Hike

Hickman Bridge Hike is a 2 mile round trip hike. We quickly learned this would be an uphill hike to start, with some tough elevation. We would have liked to start earlier to avoid some of the heat, but we pushed on anyway.

Hickman Bridge
Views from under the bridge
Enjoying the shade under the bridge
View on way back
You can see some of the elevation gain looking down at the road

Even if you don’t do much in Capitol Reef, it’s worth it just to drive through if you are going from Bryce/Escalante to Moab area (Arches/Canyonlands). We only got a small taste of this National Park but I’m glad we went!

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