After visiting Zion National Park, a lot of people drive to Bryce Canyon or Grand Canyon National Park, which is not far away from here. But we have been in Bryce Canyon National Park two years ago and we want to go a little more to the north-east.
We get up early to do a small hike around Zion National Park and continue our journey heading to Capitol Reef National Park, which is a four hours ride. The weather turns bad and worse. Rain pours down and the air is getting cold.
When we arrive at Fruita campground within the National Park we recognize, that it is already full, although the park doesn’t seem to be very crowded. But it was no problem to find some alternatives at the next village called Torrey, UT. The very friendly people at the campgrounds make a few phone calls and then they describe us the way to the next campgrounds with a site for us.
So we find our way to Thousand Lakes RV Park in Torrey, UT and we got full hookup on a camp site with a terrific view.
In the night the temperature was falling below 41° F (5° C) and it was a hard thing to get up early in the morning but we decided to leave at 7 a.m. and try to get a site at a camp ground directly within the park, which is much better when you want to hike a lot. And we have good luck… at 8.30 a.m. We parked on the last available site there.
Capitol Reef is the right park to stay if you hate crowds of people and like to take hikes and enjoy nature. We hiked a lot and met interesting people at the camp-fire in the evening.
The people on a campground are chatty, that’s what I like. When you sit at your fire ring it takes only a few minutes that your neighbor says hello and another few minutes later on you know a short story of their lives. A very peaceful, comfortable feeling.
At one evening we join a park ranger talk at the amphitheater of the campground. It was about the story of the National Park Service and we learned a lot about its history. This organization is something really cool, because it tries to combine nature, education and social life and makes it available to everybody – even for those with less money. I really love the concept of the national park service and the national parks.