Capitol Reef is 2nd only to Zion in my personal ranking of the 5 Utah NPs. Did you get some apple pie from the Gifford House?
Kolob Terrace Rd (different from Kolob Canyon) part of the park is one of my favorite areas, plus it has the highest viewpoints of the park at Lava Point.
Visited Capitol Reef exactly three years ago and loved it. Totally desolate, no one around, and a surprising amount of wildlife. It was a total mind trip heading out to Hanksville after, we just kept looking around like “Where the hell are we?!” very Mars like as you said! Want to go back and do more backcountry adventuring.
I found some pretty quiet hikes in Zion, even in the middle of the summer. You just have to know where to go.
This is really freaking cool! Where do you get these pins?
This is such a great idea! When I was in Moab this past October I mentioned how psyched I was to get "new" stamps in my NPS Passport and bonded with a 12 year old guy who totally felt the same way (I'm a 30+ year old women who goes to a new NP, or two, with my 70+ year old Dad every year)
Awesome! I’ve been collecting pins since I was a kid but I lost my collections and just restarted a few years ago. Eventually I want a big US map and I will pin them on the relative location of te Park. Do you have any plans for your collection in the future? https://m.imgur.com/gallery/Y7v4m
Edit: also what are the first and last ones you have there? I can’t make them out.
I love that case! Did you make it or buy it? I’ve been trying find something swell like yours but I haven’t had any luck
The Panorama Trail coming down from Glacier Point. We took the Four Mile Trail up to Glacier Point and the Panorama down for the best day hike I've ever been on.
Excellent! Where is this taken from?
I got to go one of these days
Did get to see the sunset and rise staying in the campground. A great thing to see. It was nerve racking being near the edge with the wind that day.
These pictures don't do it justice, and I couldn't actually walk out to the point like you did. I hope you got to see the sunset
its either looking over grand lake, shadow mountain res, or lake granby, because theres no lake that big on the east side (lake estes doesnt look like that from anywhere that im aware of).
How about a name or a location?
This is probably Grand Lake, although close, it's not technically in the park.
I’m going in August!!!
"Hiking related...we were hiking Corona Arch yesterday in Utah & the guy in the red shirt proudly made his mark on the Arch even after we asked him to stop. Then sent his 2 teenage boys down to switch plates on their trucks. We turned photos into NPS and reported them. What a bummer tho that people would willingly do this. Our hiking areas should remain as pristine as we found them!"
"We have pics of him scratching the 18R♥️ on the wall. The little girl started copying him as well. We have tide pics as well. In addition to video pics of the teenage boys in the party trying to change license plates. Multiple witnesses he kept marking the wall when asked to stop. Park service has all information in addition to the license plate numbers."
If you can't appreciate nature, don't go. Simple as that.
Just so you know, Corona arch is not within the National Park system, it lies outside Arches National Park. It is located in Bureau of Land Manage land however, so it is still protected under the federal government.
According to this, 94% of sequoia forests are protected, and the remainder are privately owned. I'm guessing that the 94% are on public lands. It's not necessarily the case, however, that those on private land are unprotected.
If the sequoia on the left was logged, it was probably done at least a century ago.
I don’t know what OP meant, but I take it as “without this [park protection], amazing and wonderful natural phenomena will be lost.” Worth noting that sequoia wood is kind of splintery, so back when they were logged, they were made into wooden matches. (Source: informational plaque at the park.) Way to go, humans.
I take it this is in some kind of wild yet unprotected place? Looks awesome wherever it is.
See below, thanks internet stranger. Sequoia tree before National Park protection, and sequoia trees after.
Absolutely beautiful, u/Bear__Fucker. So now that you’ve snapped this pic, what’s next on the agenda?
Dayne was seen in northern Arizona and southern Utah but he is on the move. Colorado, California, Nevada, and New Mexico are all areas of interest as well. He is driving the Dodge Caliber in the post and wearing a zip up hoodie. Please contact local authorities or the Hurst, TX police (817-788-7146 or 817-788-7180) with any information. His missing person case number is 2018000722.
UPDATE from my uncle:
Dayne left before sunrise on the morning of Feb. 12th. A note left behind made clear his intent. The first call made was to local police who have been coordinating with law enforcement and both national and state parks throughout the country. He took nothing with him but the clothes he was wearing (dark jeans, zip-up hoodie and slip-on cloth shoes) and his wallet with a small amount of cash. There are no tracking devices to rely on and he left behind all electronics incl. his cell phone. All browsing history, cookies, etc. were scrubbed clean on all devices. The most sophisticated recover tools have been used by law enforcement in an attempt to recover data without success. He has not contacted friends or relatives since he left. There was a confirmed sighting at a spot along the border of Arizona and Utah, northeast of the Grand Canyon on the morning of Feb. 20th but there was no indication of direction of travel. Dayne does not take drugs of any kind (recreational or prescription) and is absolutely non-violent and not a threat to anyone else.
6'4'' and <140lbs
He's given himself a head start. I don't mean to make light, that stat stood out and perhaps is evidence of how serious he is.
I hope this fellow is found, and I hope he lives to safely appreciate our natural parks as monuments to life's beauty.
"believed to be contemplating suicide by starving to death in the woods"
At least we can expect him to fail. The flesh becomes stronger than the mind when going hungry
A great hike is Glacier Point to the Panorama Trail. You can take the bus one-way up to the top of the mountain (see Glacier Point Tour): https://www.travelyosemite.com/things-to-do/guided-bus-tours/
You essentially take the bus up to the top of a mountain, ditch the bus, and then hike DOWN A MOUNTAIN. It's mostly downhill other than a ~1.5 mile patch at one point.
You can hit the Mist Trail or John Muir on the way down. We did the Mist Trail and kind of wish we did John Muir since the Mist was so crowded, and we were tired at that point. I believe it's close to a 10 mile hike, so you'd want to take the first bus in the day, and pre-purchase tickets. We got down with plenty of time left in the day, and it was probably the best hike I've ever done.
Here are a couple pictures from the hike, and I'm happy to answer any questions about it. https://imgur.com/a/z9fvF
What was your favorite trail? I'm trying so hard to make it this year.
I liked the hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls via a combination of the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail.
I hiked in the higher elevations in an October visit, and I did the upper half of the Four-Mile Trail, the Taft Point Trail, the trail to North Dome, and the trail to Cathedral Lakes. All were great. Here are some photos from my hikes.
Edit: Fixed link