Black Friday at Capitol Reef

In Adventures, Hiking by aden

THE BACKGROUND

Jaehee and I have a pretty well established tradition of non-traditional, adventurous Thanksgiving travels. For 2015 we planned to travel to Utah. We vacillated between spending the weekend at Great Basin or at Capitol Reef National Park, but settled on Capitol Reef because we both share a strong affinity for Utah’s red rock desertscapes. We stayed at the Capitol Reef resort, which in the off season is the bargain of a lifetime. We had amazing weather – light snow, frigid air with highs well below freezing and cloudy with intermittent rays of sun. It might not sound ideal, but after years of Northeast winters, the temperate Northwest has left me wishing for a good cold day of hiking. And the photos illustrate perfectly the beauty created by the mixture of snow, clouds and sunbeams.

THE ADVENTURE

We stayed at the Capitol Reef resort, which in the off season is the bargain of a lifetime. We had amazing weather – light snow, frigid air with highs well below freezing and cloudy with intermittent rays of sun. It might not sound ideal, but after years of Northeast winters, the temperate Northwest has left me wishing for a good cold day of hiking. And the photos illustrate perfectly the beauty created by the mixture of snow, clouds and sunbeams.

We hiked the Chimney Rock loop, Hickman Arch, the Tanks and part of the Base of the Golden Throne. Every hike was fantastic, but I would recommend the hikes near the Capitol Gorge most highly. I am excited to return again to the park with a capable off road vehicle to penetrate deeper into the mesmerizing backcountry surrounding the Waterpocket Fold.

Capital Reef National Park