capitol reef national park feels like such a hidden gem! so remote, so empty, so majestic. we explored just a little corner of the park and are excited to go back again some day.
the hike to hickman natural bridge was a perfect adventure for our family. we only saw a handful of other people on the trail and it felt like we had all this beauty to ourselves! moses was, as you can see, very into practicing some karate moves along the way.
the destination of the hike – such a cool arch! the first photo below is taken by moses 😉
we got back to the car just as the darkness of night came encroaching. the golden hour light along our way back to the trailhead was amazing.
capitol reef – particularly in the winter – is so remote and uncrowded that there are zero open eating establishments in the vicinity. that night we had a nice smorgasbord dinner of things i could cobble together from the gas station convenience store, haha! it was our last night in a motel and we were excited to get home and to our own beds.
the next morning we drove a dirt road that goes through an isolated part of the park, and there were zero other cars on the road. we were completely wrapped up in wonderous natural beauty. i stuck my head out of the sunroof as long as i could stand the cold wind! it was really stunningly gorgeous.
we headed out of the park (past “the castle” rock formation, which is so cool!) and back onto super snowy roads. thankfully the road conditions improved after a while and we made it home safe to provo.
what an epic christmas roadtrip! all credit goes to ian for planning everything. i was reluctant to make all these stops with all these kids but our family adventures in so much beauty turned out to be worth all the (tremendous) effort.