Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

5 Things to See in Capitol Reef

Wayne County is truly a land for all seasons. Summers are mild and weather lends to a variety of outdoor recreation. Spring yields cactus blooms and assorted wild desert flora, an ideal time for longer excursions. Winter offers a blend of cold weather adventures and snow sports. And, fall brings with it spectacular color contrasts with aspen groves in shades of red and gold that stand amidst deep green pines on high mountains in the Dixie and Fishlake National Forests.

Take a turn off the beaten path and venture along one of the county's scenic backways. Four wheel enthusiasts enjoy the rugged scenic drive to Cathedral Valley, while others are drawn to the Burr Trail. Utah's only All-American road National Scenic Byway 12, joins the Burr Trail at the town of Boulder and takes you up and over Boulder Mountain and down into Wayne County providing fabulous views of Capitol Reef, the Waterpocket fold and the Henry Mountains in the distance.

Stroll through orchards scented with the sweet aroma of harvest fruits. Pick and sample fresh, tree ripened apricots, cherries, pears, peaches and apples. Trees flower in April and blooms last until May—beginning a long season of harvest that runs from June through October.

Along the park's eastern border are the 11,000 foot high peaks of the Henry Mountains, home to the nation's largest free-roaming herd of buffalo. Here the geology differs from the redrock deserts of the Great Basin. On the northern border is Factory Butte and Goblin Valley State Park. Children of all ages are drawn to the oddly shaped hoodoos that resemble mischievous goblins—a great place to play and picnic.

Experience the journeys of artists and authors or create your own works of art inspired by the region's natural landscape. The non profit educational center, Entrada Institute located in Torrey, Utah, works to further public understanding and appreciation of the natural, historical, cultural and scientific heritage of the Colorado Plateau west of the Green and Colorado rivers. Information: (435) 425-3365 or (800) 858-7951.

Immerse yourself in the rustic charms of the people and places of the American West. Quaint bed and breakfasts, restaurants and cafes, trading posts and art galleries dot the towns of Torrey, Teasdale, Bicknell, Hanksville, Caineville and Loa. Tour guides and outfitters offer extended excursions into the heart of rugged desert landscapes.

CONTACT: Wayne County Travel Council, PO Box 7, Teasdale, UT 84773; (435) 425-3365 or (800) 858-7951;