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Hiking Trip Capitol Reef and The Grand Staircase Hiking Tour FallChallenging

Dates: 10/8 - 13, 2017

(6 days, 5 nights, Sun- Fri)

 

Assembly Point: Grand Junction, Co

(airline service to Grand Junction; Timberline van shuttle to and from Grand Junction)

Meeting time: hotel 8:00 am

Drop off time: 6 pm

 

Tour Cost: $2,000

(includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttles to and from Grand Junction airport, leaders, trail maps & narratives)

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $300

Inn Highlights

  • Capitol Reef Resort
  • Boulder Mountain Lodge

The vast expanse of the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument is daunting, to say the least and the inclusion of Capitol Reef National Park with its geographical proximity and geological affinity with the Grand Staircase, creates hiking and photography options without limits.

The 1996 creation of Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument, has provided a partial cloak of protection (falling well short of wilderness designation protection) over some of our nation’s most precious remaining wildlands in an area that has been a fierce battleground between developers and environmentalists.

Our hiking tour assembles in Torrey, UT, at the western entrance to Capitol Reef, and we’ll provide van shuttle transportation from Grand Junction early morning of Day 1. We’ll arrive at the Capitol Reef Resort early enough to visit the Visitors Center within the park and stretch our legs with a short hike along the Fremont River Trail that rises above the river for an outstanding view of the Fruita orchards and several of the park’s prominent formations. If guests want more, we will hike up the Sulphur Creek river and explore.

Following our first of three overnights, on Day 2 we’ll hike to Cohab Canyon, climbing initially to a grand overlook of the area and then descending into the narrows of Cohab with its soaring sandstone walls. We’ll continue on to Cassidy Arch and through the Grand Wash. On Day 3, we'll hike Chimney Rock Canyon to the Fremont River through Spring Canyon.

The Rim Overlook Trail is our focus for Day 4. We’ll hike from the Fremont River, initially to Hickman Natural Bridge and then well beyond to Navajo Knobs, some 2,000 feet above the valley floor. The views from the Knobs, in a word, are incredible. We'll relax as we enjoy a van shuttle over Boulder Mountain and we'll overnight in Boulder, UT.

On Day 5, we'll have the opportunity to explore two of the slots canyons for which the monument is so famous: Zebra and Tunnel. Day 6 we'll hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls, we'll then return to Grand Junction and the tour is complete.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Van shuttle from Salt Lake City in the morning, group assembles late afternoon at Capitol Reef Resort in Torrey; visit the Capitol Reef
National Park Visitors Center. Hike to Fremont River Trail
5 - 7 miles
Day 2 Cohab Canyon Trail: Cassidy Arch, Grand Wash; elevation gain - 2,000’ (approx.)
7 miles
Day 3 Chimney Rock Canyon to the Fremont River through Spring Canyon 10 miles
Day 4 Rim Overlook Trail: Hickman Bridge view; Navaho Knobs: views of the Fremont River,
Fruita orchards, Water pocket Fold, La Sal and Henry Mountains; elevation gain - 2,000’ (approx.)
9 miles
Day 5 Zebra and Tunnel Slot Canyons
7.5 miles
Day 6 Lower Calf Creek Falls (elevation gain - 700'), van shuttle return to Salt Lake City 6.5 miles

Total hiking mileage: 45-47

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.