Tuesday through Thursday this week we dropped into Halls Creek canyon along the Capitol Reef Waterpocket Fold. We hiked in the first day to setup camp, then hiked the narrows on day two. An oasis in the desert.
We started our exploration of Capitol Reef National Park with a vertical climb to get the lay of the land. The park is named after two distinct features: a rock hill that looks like a state capitol dome, and a 100 mile long fold in the land that creates a barrier like a reef. I’ll try to share a photo showing the fold (called the Water Pocket Fold) in a future post.
Highlight of this hike? A 30 minute chat at the overlook with a couple from the east coast. She is former director of the EPA, he a former US congressman from NY who served on armed services committee starting in 1974.
While hanging around Hanksville and Goblin Valley, Julie and I kept hearing about a fun and easy slot canyon nearby. So we delayed our exploration of Capitol Reef for a day and hiked the 8 mile loop including Bell Canyon. It was a great hike though the water was over our knees at a few points because of rain the night before. We were prepared with water shoes.