Capitol Reef: One More Gem in Utah


Is there a better place to trek than southern Utah in spring? An outcropping near Cassidy Arch in Capitol Reef National Park provides the killer view. The up-and-back is 3.4 miles and 670 feet of climbing. No, that is not me on all fours above the arch. Just a day earlier, snow swept through the area.

For day hiking, I use Osprey’s Talon 11 backpack. Big enough for an extra jacket, a monster lunch, a bladder and a few odds and ends. Comfortable, with plenty of ways to attach poles and other things to the outside.

For my feet, I have found none better than Salomon Ultra X shoes and, for tougher terrain, boots. They are lightweight, sturdy and grip sandstone like you want them to.


5 thoughts on “Capitol Reef: One More Gem in Utah

      1. I agree about the town if Sedona, but we enjoyed three weeks of trails. We stayed in Camp Verde. I posted a review of a great Sedona area trail book on my website. Happy hiking!

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