I only stayed in Capitol Reef National Park for one night, and it was a pretty awesome and unique National Park. One of the most unique parts about this park were not the natural features; so Highway 24 cuts through the park, and there are no pay stations at either end of Highway 24, which means that you don’t really have to pay to get into this park, its strange to me.
Anyway, so the first hike I did in this park was to go to the Hickman Bridge, which I do think is an arch, not a bridge. The difference is in how each feature is made, one is with water mostly and the other is with wind mostly… or so I think, I’m not too knowledgeable on this. After the Hickman Bridge hike I did the Chimney Rock hike. Honestly I wasn’t too impressed with Chimney rock itself, but the 0.5 mile hike up to overlook the rock also gave great views of the desert beyond, so it was well worth it in that way.
After that, I went drove onto the scenic drive and turned off to the Grand Wash road. I hiked in the Grand Wash for a bit, then turned around to get to the Cassidy Arch. This was a truly amazing hike, and you could get so close and personal with the Cassidy Arch once you were there. When I was at the arch, there were only three other people there, this young Russian couple and a guy about my age from California, and so the guy from California and the Russian woman walked across the arch, but I chose not to do so, I enjoyed just sitting in front of it and enjoying the view. But it was a very impressive arch, one of my favorite arches I’ve ever seen, its just in such a cool spot I think.
But yeah, so I left Capitol Reef the following morning and drove through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to get to Bryce Canyon National Park.