Hey! Guess what? Labor Day Weekend is almost here. The long weekend marks the traditional end to summer, meaning that kids will be heading back to school. So it’s no wonder that it’s one of the busiest weekends of the year here in Capitol Reef – people are trying to have one last summer adventure.
And since the Lodge is one of the most established hotels in the Capitol Reef area, we thought we’d suggest some ideas to help you capitalize on your Labor Day Weekend adventure. Here are some inside tips:
Capitol Reef or Bust – while it is true that Labor Day brings larger crowds to Capitol Reef, it is still far less crowded than some of the more well-known neighbors. Zion National Park practically becomes Disneyland. So, from our point-of-view, Capitol Reef is the better choice for a more relaxing atmosphere, especially if you…
Know Where to Go – this is where we come in. There are some truly amazing places in Capitol Reef, and if you want to get the most out of your Labor Day excursion, try one of these spots:
Cassidy Arch – this is one of the our favorite hikes in the entire park. A strenuous incline at the beginning levels out to a sandstone mesa. Across this mesa is the famed Cassidy Arch – named for the legendary outlaw – and a truly breathtaking view. From this vantage point, you can see all the beauty of Capitol Reef and the Waterpocket Fold before you. Be warned, this is also one of the most popular hikes in the park. Get there early this weekend to avoid too many people on the trail.
Cohab Canyon – this hike is not well know, which makes it great for later in the day. It’s short and relatively easy, plus some of it is in shade. A short incline leads into the canyon, and as you progress, the canyon gets progressively narrower. Toward the end there are several small slot canyons that branch off the main canyon. (You should definitely explore these.) Cohab Canyon opens to great views of the campground. And don’t miss the chance to get some homemade ice-cream at the Gifford House after you’ve finished the hike.
Burr Trail – maybe you’re not up for doing a lot of hiking, and that’s ok, we get it. But you can still see a particularly good section of Capitol Reef and the Waterpocket Fold by driving the Burr Trail. Start by driving to the town of Boulder Utah, a great scenic drive itself, then turn onto the Burr Trail Road. (You can’t miss the turn off.) Then you drive though the seemingly unending desert mesas, into Long Canyon, across the geographic folds of the Waterpocket Fold, and down an heart-stopping series of switchbacks. After that, you drive back through the main region of Capitol Reef. Be sure to stop along the way for photo ops and picnic breaks.
Take Time to Chill – hiking all day in nature can really wear a person out. So don’t forget to take some time to just relax. Read a book, sit by a stream with a fishing rod, or take a well-earned nap. Or bring a little culture into the mix. There are some great dining establishments within easy driving distance of the Lodge and several art galleries in nearby Torrey. This is your chance to sneak in one last adventure before the summer’s end. Make it a great one here in Capitol Reef.