This year the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years of service, making this a perfect time to get out and explore the natural beauty of our country. Capitol Reef National Park in Utah is one of many national parks worth exploring. This hidden treasure located in south central Utah is a land of cliffs and crevices, domes and natural bridges, and endless outdoor adventures. If your family loves exploring, we have 5 reasons adventurous families will love Capitol Reef, Utah.
*This post is sponsored by Capitol Reef Country
5 Reasons Adventurous Families will Love Capitol Reef Country, Utah
Capitol Reef Country is a nature lover’s paradise and includes Capitol Reef National Park and Canyonlands National Park. This area is almost equidistant from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas and is close to Bryce Canyon, Boulder Mountain, and Thousand Lake Mountain. Families who love spending time outdoors and exploring the beauty of Mother Nature will have no problem finding plenty of attractions to fill their time in the area.
1. Endless hiking options
As an outdoor destination, Capitol Reef Country offers endless opportunities for hiking. Families can explore nearby Boulder Mountain with its pine forests, alpine lakes, and aspen groves. In Capitol Reef National Park there are a variety of trails for all ability levels. Many enjoy hiking the Hickman Bridge Trail to Hickman Bridge, a natural arch formation that measures 133 feet wide and 125 feet tall. Others might enjoy The Waterpocket Fold, a buckle in the earth’s surface, that is almost 100 miles long. The result is large rocks that have been pushed upward from the surface, but carved by natural erosion, forming canyons and interesting formations.
2. Lake Powell water fun
Just southeast of Capitol Reef is Lake Powell, where those who love boating, water sports, and fishing will feel right at home. With its many inlets and finger canyons, Lake Powell offers nearly 2,000 miles of coastline. There are abundant opportunities for catching fish as the lake has a healthy population of bass, catfish, and walleye. Bullfrog Marina is where visitors can find fishing gear and boat tours, including one to Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural bridge in the world.
3. Wildlife viewing
From birds, to rodents, to larger mammals, Capitol Reef Country has a little bit of everything. Visitors will find a variety of animals including black billed magpie, pinyon jay, marmots, kangaroo rats, pronghorn antelope, deer, wild turkeys, and bighorn sheep. Families will enjoy seeing animals in their natural habitats.
4. Jeep tours
Jeep tours are wildly popular in Capitol Reef Country and it is easy to see why. With its uneven terrain and diverse landscape, the area lends itself to off-roading. Buckle up and prepare for a wild ride!
5. Horseback riding
Seeing Capitol Reef Country atop a horse is an experience like no other. Riders can follow the trails of Native Americans, pioneers, outlaws, and explorers. The terrain varies from forests to canyons featuring colorful rock formations, making any trail ride exciting. Many companies operate inside the parks or the nearby recreation areas and trips can last from a couple of hours to several days. Families can enjoy delightful journeys through these beautiful national parks.