Tag: Utah (page 1 of 5)
Marilyn and I visited Headquarters Canyon and Surprise Canyon. These are short and easy canyons with access several miles apart on Notom-Bullfrog Road. Getting there and returning via the washboarded road took longer than the hikes.
This is one of the members of a geological study group from The Ohio State University. The backpack belongs to another member of the group that we met on the way out.
Surprise Canyon: This one was not as narrow as Headquarters Canyon, but it was still fun to visit. The obstacle at the end at the place where I turned around looked to be easy to surmount via scrambling, but Marilyn was waiting for me at the entrance to the canyon.
This is where the canyon narrowed. Easy climbing on the slickrock slab to the left would allow one to advance. I don’t know what’s beyond this point though.
We stayed three nights at the Capitol Reef Resort just outside of Torrey, Utah. To the best of my knowledge, this motel is the closest to the Capitol Reef National Park of any in the area. That said, Torrey isn’t that far away and there are plenty of places to stay there too.
As shown below, the views are outstanding. However, there is quite a lot of nearby exposed dirt, making it very dusty on windy days. On the day we left, the parking lot seemed to be ensconced in a dust storm.
The beds were firm and comfortable. Room size was barely adequate for the three of us with all of the stuff that we bring with us.
There is no complimentary breakfast – it’s $10 per person. The breakfast buffet provided plenty of choices, but the scrambled eggs seemed a bit greasier than I was accustomed to. Marie didn’t feel well after her breakfast there and ended up staying back on that day. We bought cereal and milk from the General Store in Torrey and ate cereal on the remaining days.
When we visit again, we’ll stay somewhere else. It’s not that the Capitol Reef Resort was bad; we just want to find out what else is available.