In July of 2015 we set out on a grand vacation through the southwest. We traveled for 21 days and over 6,000 miles, visiting 5 states and 9 National Parks. We explored new places and met up with old friends. Overall, it was an amazing journey and everyone learned so much. I highly recommend the Foder’s guide to National Parks of the West, we used it when planning our trip and it was a great resource. You can see all my posts about the trip by clicking here.
Day 6 – Capitol Reef National Park
We decided to get going early on day 6 and we headed straight for the Hickman Bridge Trail at Capitol Reef National Park. Several different rangers had said that it was their favorite trail in the park, so that was enough of a recommendation for me. The first part of the trail was a little steep and there was very little shade. But the second part had a little more cover and flattened out a little.
The Park Rangers were right, this was a great trail for kids. There were tons of great rocks to climb on and lots of hidden areas to explore right on the trail.
After our morning hike we found a nice picnic area in the park and relaxed and ate the lunch we had brought with us. There were deer running around right in the picnic area, the were everywhere in the park. The kids then wend and turned in their Junior Ranger books for another badge.
Capitol Reef is rich in history and we enjoyed hiking along the petroglyphs and the old orchards. The kids picked fruit and we bought pies from the Gifford House. Overall, I would say this was the most kid friendly park we visited, they really did have something for everyone.