Capitol Reef

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Join expert geologist and wilderness travel guide, Wayne Ranney for a geologic adventure into the slickrock country of Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah.  Through easy day hikes, we will explore the Waterpocket Fold, a 100 mile long classic monocline full of magnificent cliffs, canyons and bridges.  Highlights include visits to petroglyph panels, slot canyons, dramatic and photographic scenery with nights in a fabulous refurbished schoolhouse.

Trip Leader: Wayne Ranney

Dates: April 18-22, 2016 (5 days/4 nights)

Cost: $1,750 Member / $1,850 Non-member

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Accommodations: Torrey Schoolhouse Bed & Breakfast

What to expect: We will be traveling in a 12 passenger van. Our trip begins and ends in Flagstaff, ranging in elevation from 7000 ft. to 4000 ft. Expect some drives on dirt roads, but not 4-wheeling. Participants should be comfortable standing and hiking for several hours. You will be asked to provide your health history and information prior to the trip. Please call (928) 774-5211 x222 if you have any concerns.


Day 1:  7:30 a.m. meet at MNA Research Center parking lot, depart for Utah stopping at Cameron, Page, Big Water Visitor Center, Cottonwood Canyon road (weather permitting), Boulder. Arrive in Torrey for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Capital Reef Visitor Center orientation, hike CoHab Canyon (1.5 miles round trip). Drive scenic road to Capitol Gorge, one mile round trip hike to Narrows.  Visit Fremont River petroglyphs, dinner in Boulder at Hell's Backbone Grill. Overnight in Torrey.

Day 3:  Back-country day in South Desert portion of Capitol Reef National Park.  Drive to Lower South Desert overlook, Temple of the Moon, Temple of the Sun, Upper South Desert overlook, Cathedral Valley and Gypsum sinkhole.  Dinner at a restaurant in Torrey.

Day 4:  Begin the day with a two mile hike in Grand Wash.  After a picnic lunch we will visit Hickman Natural Bridge (two miles round trip) and then to Fish Lake in National Forest west of the park.  Dinner at Cafe Diablo in Torrey.

Day 5:  Depart for Flagstaff by a different route, through Notom Road, Burr Trail, Bullfrog road on Lake Powell. Take ferry to Halls Crossing and drive back to Flagstaff via the Moki Dugway, Goosenecks overlook, Monument Valley and Tuba City.  Arrive at MNA by 6 pm.

Deposit: $200

Balance due: February 18, 2016

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