Near the Frying Pan Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

Ask Me: Where Should We Backpack in Capitol Reef National Park?

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Hi Michael,

I am taking a trip in April to Capitol Reef National Park and I’m looking for a cool, three-day, two-night backpacking trip to explore some of that country. My wife and I are very experienced, accomplished backpackers and expert at navigation. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks,

Ed
Bozeman, MT

Hi Ed,

Capitol Reef is one of my favorites among the lesser-known parks: amazing backcountry, few people out there. I love the fact that you can show up at the backcountry desk and get a permit without needing a reservation. 

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4 Responses to Ask Me: Where Should We Backpack in Capitol Reef National Park?

  1. arizonahikersguide   |  April 12, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Would it be too hot to backpack Capitol Reef in the summer? I need to get up there!

    • michaellanza   |  April 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Yes, it’s definitely hot in the afternoons, but mornings can be pleasant hiking temps: http://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/weather.htm.

      I think the best seasons are late March through mid-May and mid-Sept. into early November.

    • Will   |  April 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Summer does get quite hot up there, even with the added elevation. Sticking to the deeper canyons like Spring Canyon and those up and down Water Pocket would offer some great shade through much of the day. You can always place some water caches along a route if you will be hiking an area where water sources aren’t reliable.

      • michaellanza   |  April 17, 2015 at 12:13 pm

        Good suggestions, Will, thanks.

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