Capitol Reef: Hickham Bridge and Rim Overlook

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.

Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon

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.

Natural Bridges National Monument: Owachomo Bridge

We did a quick dash through Natural Bridges National Monument and hiked to a couple of the bridges. This was a convenient stop on our drive from Cedar Mesa to Capitol Reef. Bridges are like arches but they are formed by and over rivers vs. more gradual erosion.