After a stunning 3.5 hour drive from Zion National Park, we finally made it to Torrey, Utah – our home base for exploring Capitol Reef National Park. We quickly tossed our luggage in the motel room and went right to the park as the light was fading rather quickly. We quickly checked out the visitor centre and an old homestead before exploring the Grand Wash from the west side. The landscape was like something out of an old western. Vast, open spaces right up to the base of massive cliffs and geological formations, and it seemed like we had the whole place to ourselves, which was much different from Zion. We explored the wash for a bit before making our way out of the park. We stopped and took a couple photos along the way as we headed back into town for some groceries and dinner at a Mexican restaurant. In hindsight, we probably should have spent an extra day at the park as it did feel very rushed.
Another early start to the morning. We had another 2.5 hour drive later in the day so we wanted to get out as early as possible. We started off on the Goosenecks Trail and Panorama Point and had the whole place to ourselves. We followed that up with a hike on the Hickman Bridge trail which features a 133 foot natural arch and spectacular canyon views. We checked out the Petroglyphs and took another walk in the Grand Wash before grabbing some lunch in town and making our way to Bryce.