Q:

Help Me Plan My Southwestern Road Trip: Capitol Reef National Park

My buddies and I want to take a car-camping spring road trip through the Southwest, beginning and ending in Las Vegas. What do you recommend?

Apr 23, 2012
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Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef via Shutterstock    Photo:Richard Semik

A:

Day 4
Take your time driving Route 12, maybe the prettiest stretch of asphalt in America. The road wanders across the northern edge of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, through the Dixie National Forest, and over 11,000-foot Boulder Mountain, home to some of the finest fly fishing in the Southwest. After about 115 miles, you'll hit your next destination, Capitol Reef National Park. This 242,000-acre collection of bleached sandstone domes and cliffs overlooking the Fremont River is often overshadowed by its larger, more famous neighbors, like Bryce Canyon and Canyonlands. That's good for you, because the park is seldom crowded. Grab a site at Fruita Campground ($10 per night).

Day 1: Vegas to Zion
Day 2: Zion National Park
Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park
Day 5: Fishlake National Forest
Day 6: Cedar Breaks National Monument

Filed To: Adventure Adviser

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