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Weekend Trip From Salt Lake City to the National Parks – Part 1 – Capitol Reef

Weekend Trip From Salt Lake City to the National Parks – Part 1 – Capitol Reef

My parents visited over President’s Day weekend and as they had already visited once before, they decided they wanted to see some parts of Utah besides just Salt Lake City and Park City. Therefore we decided to take a weekend trip from Salt Lake City to the National Parks. We planned a nice little loop from Salt Lake City with the first stop being the closest national park – Capitol Reef.

As a side note, you could spend a week in each national park in Utah and not see everything. This was more of a “let’s hit the highlights” type of trip – and one that my parents really enjoyed.

Capitol Reef is a little under 3.5 hours south of Salt Lake City. It is the least famous of the Utah National Parks making it extremely enjoyable all year around, even during “busy” season. The hiking trail we visited, Hickman Bridge, is one of the more popular choices. However we still only encountered 2 other groups while we were hiking – much less than during the spring, summer, and fall but it doesn’t seem to ever get really crowded.

The Hickman Bridge trail is about 2 miles long and 500 ft of elevation gain. Not much, but if you aren’t adjusted to the elevation it can be a little challenging. Be sure to bring water.

Hickman Bridge
Hickman Bridge
Christina and Mom under Hickman Bridge
Christina and Mom under Hickman Bridge
Dad under Hickman Bridge
Dad under Hickman Bridge
Family photo minus me
Family photo minus me
Let me take a selfie ;)
Let me take a selfie 😉
Ok let me take two selfies ;)
Ok let me take two selfies 😉
View from the Hickman Bridge Trail
View from the Hickman Bridge Trail
View from the Hickman Bridge Trail
View from the Hickman Bridge Trail
View from the Hickman Bridge Trail
View from the Hickman Bridge Trail
View from the Hickman Bridge Trail
View from the Hickman Bridge Trail
One of the "Capitols"
One of the “Capitols”

So to summarize, it is totally doable to take a weekend trip from Salt Lake City to the National Parks and Capitol Reef will likely be your very first stop. Be on the lookout for the next two posts from the rest of our trip!

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