Capitol Reefs National Park

This park was a nice surprise  - in a canyon along the Fremont River - and the site of a Mormon settlement from arouund 1880.  There is a steady water flow and he made fields and orchards that have been well kept up.  It is an oasis of green compared to many of the desert parks.   You can pick apples, cherries, peaches, etc. in season.

Green

Green

 Because of this fertile stretch, a small herd of mule deer make it their home.  There were four that walked right thru the campsite one morning.  It seems to be an interbred herd  - they have not much fear of humans.   A year or two ago, a mountain lion  took one down very close to the campsite and had lunch, upsetting some of the tourists that apparently don’t understand that mountain lions do that  - since there are no McDonalds nearby.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer

One wandered thru the campsite early one morning.

Camp deer

Camp deer

You can see the sprinkler hose in the background.  The camp volunteer said he has seen 28 in the campsite at times.

There is a trail into Hickman Bridge - it is has a span of about 310 feet.  The trail is abouut a mile long with a 400 foot climb.

Hickman Bridge

Hickman Bridge

If you zoom in on this photo, you can see the 2 people on the left side.   This is a huge arch - I think the biggest in the world, slightly bigger than the biggest in the Arches Nationnal park.  It is difficult to get in a good spot to take a photo of it.