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Capitol Reef National Park

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"Capitol Reef National Park in Utah is like nature's artwork. Imagine a 100-mile-long twist in the Earth's crust, creating stunning cliffs and canyons known as the Waterpocket Fold. You can discover cool spots like Hickman Bridge and ancient rock carvings in Capitol Gorge. Unlike busier parks, Capitol Reef offers a peaceful retreat for people who love nature and taking awesome photos. "
"Another Utah's National park that is worth visiting. The nice thing about it, it's right off the main road, so you don't have to drive off too much. Make sure you drive through the scenic route, and do the canyon hike at the end! Another great hike to enjoy is Hickman Natural Bridge. It is about 2 mile roundtrip, but it is a bit of a climb especially in the heat, but totally doable."
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"With one full day in Capitol Reef National Park, we recommend visiting the Gifford Homestead, driving the Scenic Drive, hiking to Cassidy Arch and Hickman Bridge, and checking out the impressive petroglyphs. If you have extra time in the area as you make your way to Moab and your final two Utah National Parks, we recommend visiting Goblin Valley State Park as a bonus adventure! "

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Follow this itinerary for an incredible, ultra-detailed 1-week road trip in some of the most beautiful landscapes in America. Complete with hike recommendations & drive times, you'll visit all 5 Utah National Parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Bryce Canyon, & Zion), plus some bonus State Parks along the way. No hike is the same and there is lots to see, so grab your camera, hiking boots, favorite road trip snacks, and get ready for an amazing adventure! This trip was planned for a week in mid-November but could be adapted for any 7 day travel window, making minor adjustments in timing and apparel for each season, or even extended at the beginning or end for time in Salt Lake City and/or Las Vegas. In addition to seasonal differences, note that many schedules are built around specific sunrise and sunset times. Be sure to check the times for both and make adjustments for your own trip. This itinerary requires a car to travel between each destination. 🧳Trip summary Day 1 - Fly in + Dead Horse Point State Park Day 2 - Arches Day 3 - Canyonlands + Capitol Reef Day 4 - Capitol Reef Day 5 - Bryce Canyon + Zion Day 6 - Zion Day 7 - Zion + Fly out Why this guide? 📒 Hyper-detailed itinerary. This isn't your basic list of suggested activities & restaurants. Your days will be covered down to the minute, including time allotted for travel between activities and recommended transportation options. 🎟️ Advance ticket purchase recommendations. Avoid the lines - and disappointment - by booking tickets ahead of time. You'll be guaranteed entrance and will enjoy walking straight in, past any lines for ticket purchases. Special call outs for combo tickets to bundle and save will also be included where available! 🧾 Location-specific packing list. This won't be a comprehensive list (surely you've remembered your socks), but it will cover some key items to toss in your bag for a truly great experience at your destination. 🏆 Honorable mentions. Unless you booked a one way ticket (jealous!), you've only got a limited time to explore. The suggested itinerary includes my opinions of the best choices for first time visitors with general interest. Feel free to swap those out with any of the honorable mentions. ✨ And finally... If you are looking for a more tailored experience with a unique twist based on your interests, travel dates, and more, a custom itinerary may be best. I look forward to helping bring your vacation vision to life!
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