May 13-14, 2019
After leaving Bryce Canyon our next stop is Capital Reef National Park. It is only 118 miles from Bryce Canyon which is about 2 and 1/2 hours. Doesn’t seem to bad of a drive. But for some reason the GPS takes us on these long and lonely roads which makes the drive seem so much longer.
As we keep driving we realize just how beautiful Utah is. We finally come to a little town and we fueled up again and decided we better get some groceries as our last groceries stop was a very little store. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Walmart. Lol
We get to Capitol Reef NP Visitors Center and ask about checking into our site and the ranger pointed us to the direction we needed to go. We are only here for 1 night and again wishing it were longer. The campground is so beautiful but it’s with no hook ups and this would be a first for us. The weather was perfect for the evening and we managed just fine without having to use the generator.
With only one night here we jumped in the truck and started exploring. The campground got its name from the pioneer community of Fruita, settled in 1880.
Early settlers planted the orchards as a cash crop and for subsistence. No more than 10 families lived in Fruita at any one time, and the last resident moved away 1969. Today, the orchards are preserved and protected as a part of the Fruita Rural Historic Landscape listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The orchards contain approximately 3100 trees, including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond and walnut. The National Park now maintains the orchards year round.
Unfortunately we didnt get to pick any fruit because they were not ready. When harvest is ready you can consume ripe fruit while in the orchards.
We took a scenic drive of 8 miles just outside of the campground. This drive offers breathtaking views. It took us a little over two hours to do this. During the drive there are nice pull offs and hiking trails but we didnt have time to take any hikes this trip.
We had a beautiful scenic drive thru the Gorge that brought us to the bottom that once was a river. You just never know what you will find.
We are truly bless to be able to see such beautiful places. Even though we were only here for one night we were able to see so much and to enjoy the beauty of this park.
We move on to Moab Utah next to see the Arches National Park and the Canyonlands National Park.