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Trip Report Trip Report to Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands

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Just returned from a fantastic trip to Capitol Reef and Moab and want to thank everyone so much for all their help and guidance. I ESPECIALLY want to thank you for all your encouragement to do Delicate Arch. I’m happy to report that I did the hike and it was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be, and the reward…….what can I say that hasn’t already been said before?

Day 1 - Spent two nights at Muley Twist Inn in Teasdale. Beautiful b and b with a great wraparound front porch with rocking chairs. The owner was an art and home-ec major, which means that the décor and food were wonderful. Ate dinner the first night at Café Diablo. Very good. Wish we had sat outside though.

Day 2 - Visited “Robber’s Roost” bookstore. Great little shop, wonderful atmosphere. Hiked Grand Wash Trail. Wasn’t able to do Capitol Gorge as the road was closed due to rain. Apple pie at Gifford Farmhouse and visited the old schoolhouse, the orchard, and viewed the petroglyphs. Then a beautiful drive on Highway 12 to Boulder and part of the Burr Trail. We were amazed at how the landscape changes. Early dinner at Hell’s Backbone, which we greatly enjoyed. Sunset at Sunset Point. Count me among those that love the Capitol Reef area, away from all the crowds.

Day 3 - Spent some time at Goblin Valley, which was quite interesting and bizarre. Tried to do Little Wildhorse Canyon but was advised against it as there was a chance of rain. We walked over to it, thinking maybe we could just peek in a bit, but didn’t realize that you have to climb up over an obstacle to get to it. We weren’t sure we were even in the right spot and since there was a weather warning, we decided to skip it. We took the Scenic Byway 128 into Moab. Those scenic drives don’t mess around. Wow. Fisher Towers was just beautiful. Stayed at Gonzo Inn -- very comfortable beds.

Day 4 - Moab Music Festival grotto concert. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime magical experience.

Day 5 - Delicate Arch. Yay! I did it! As I said before, what a payoff! We also did Landscape Arch. Rested up at the hotel and then came back for sunset at the Windows. Equally beautiful was the full moon at Balanced Rock.

Day 6 - Pretty cloudy today. Dead Horse Point in the morning. We didn’t do sunrise, but I can only imagine how amazing that must be. We also did Mesa Arch at Island in the Sky, Shafer Canyon overlook and Grand View Point, at which point it started to pour. We drove out to Red River Ranch to check out the movie museum and then back to the hotel where we ordered a pizza.

Day 7 - Back to Salt Lake City where we had lunch at The Red Iguana. Great Mexican food close to the airport.

It was a wonderful trip - beautiful part of our country. Thanks again to everyone for helping me plan it. We will have to come back again and this time do Zion and Bryce.

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