Capitol Reef National Park Camping Trip Sept. 16-18
Lawrence and Lee are planning a Mt. Tabor camping trip to Capitol Reef National Park in Wayne County over the weekend of September 16-18, in lieu of our customary rafting trip. Two group campsites are reserved for us at the U.S. Forest Service Sunglow Campsite in Bicknell. The campground has water, flush toilets, and parking for RVs and trailers, but no electrical hookups. Google "Sunglow campground Bicknell" for details about the facility. More information to come!
Lodging: Two group campsites are reserved for us at the U.S. Forest Service Sunglow Campsite in Bicknell, which is about 210 miles (2 ½-hour drive) from Salt Lake City. The campground has water, flush toilets, and parking for RVs and trailers, but no electrical hookups. Google "Sunglow campground Bicknell" for details about the facility.
If sleeping in a tent isn’t your idea of fun, check out nearby hotels. In Bicknell are the Aquarius Inn (435-425-3313), with rooms for $57/night, and the SunGlow Motel (435-425-3821), at $65/night. Torrey, about eight miles from Bicknell, offers at least a dozen lodging options, including hotels, several bed-and-breakfasts, and the beautiful Red River Lodge. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.
Meals: We’ll provide a group breakfast at the campground on Saturday and have a potluck dinner Saturday evening. (Please bring food to share.) Otherwise, campers are responsible for their own meals. There are two cafes in Bicknell and several restaurants (including the renowned El Diablo Café) and burger joints in Torrey.
Activities: Campfires Friday evening -- bring marshmallows and roasting sticks. After breakfast, Lee will lead an easy hike down beautiful Pleasant Creek, which requires a drive of several miles along unpaved but well maintained park roads. We’ll wade the creek several times, so expect to get your feet wet. Or, you can stay dry and explore historic Fruita and the park visitor center, pick apples in the park orchards, or choose among several local hikes on your own. Nighttime activities could include an after-dark hike (bring a flashlight), an easy “star walk,” or a ranger-led evening program at the park. Sunday morning we’ll have breakfast on our own, followed by a short service and maybe another hike or rock art excursion before heading home.
Costs: $10 per camping unit if staying at the campground, to help cover the costs of the campground and food. Some hikes (including Pleasant Creek) are in a fee area where admission costs $10/vehicle – so we’ll plan to carpool.
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