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Capitol Reef National Park: Cathedral Valley Day Trip

1. Capitol Reef National Park: Cathedral Valley Day Trip

After being picked up from your hotel you will be transported through the heart of Capitol Reef, giving you an awe-inspiring view of over 200 million years of its geologic history. The Cathedral Valley Loop itself starts with an adrenaline-rushing (for some) river crossing. We will actually drive into the Fremont river that carved out the valleys and canyons in the region and, though it can get bumper deep, our super capable vehicle will bring you to a successful fording of the rushing waters. After a stop overlooking an impressive Canyon where you will be introduced to the geologic layers surrounding us, you will see the first Jurassic-era Bentonite deposits of the journey. Next, we head to a historic water well in the middle of the desert with an abandoned drilling rig from the 1940's still present. Cathedral Valley's 2nd most popular spot, 2nd only to number 1 in popularity, the no less amazing Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon is next. The world-famous drive through the Bentonite Hills awaits you. The richly colorful, otherworldly bentonite clay terrain is a must-see for drone videographers and professional photographers alike that would attract millions of visitors each year if not for its difficulty to reach with a regular vehicle. When wet, it’s impassible while the unpredictable river conditions mentioned above work as a protective barrier for unprepared wanderers. Google “Bentonite Hills” and see for yourself. Since we are still outside the boundaries of the National Park, drones are welcome. **If you don’t have one but would still like the footage we can bring our own for a small additional fee. Your voyage has only begun. Our next stop is our first grand view to use your phone's Panorama setting, The Lower South Desert Overlook. This is your first glimpse into the namesake features (monoliths) of Entrada Sandstone. You will photograph the massive Jail House Rock while all around are wonderous goblin-like figures of the Curtis formation. Will you be lucky enough to see the Troll who oversees the trail down? The next overlook is about 25 minutes away, however, if guests choose so, we offer a short out-and-back hike to an amazing spot that overlooks the Temples of the Sun and Moon from a unique, seldom-seen bird's eye view. Our next stop is the Upper South Desert Overlook. It offers several views and panoramas due to its high altitude. Staying lower will offer a view on the millions of yrs old igneous intrusion seeping through the surrounding strata. Climbing higher, you get a 360 degree view on the Lower and Upper deserts but it’s not for those with fear of heights due to its dramatic drops on both sides. At exactly half way, guests can use a park-provided toilet and we offer a 30-minute lunch for an additional fee. Lunch will consist of a sandwich with ingredients of your choice that you will communicate to us a day prior to your tour and a soft drink of your choice from our available list. We will now slowly descend a series of impressive switchbacks into the mighty Cathedral Valley. The route down offers impressive views of some of the most iconic monolithic structures, The Walls of Jericho. You will want to stop there for a picture, or 20, for sure, trust us. There is also a historic structure, the Morrel Cabin, in this area and guests will be offered an easy hike to see what's left of a circa 1940's Cowboy camp complete with artifacts. ***For a small fee we can add an approx. 2 mile hike to get up close to the spectacular Walls of Jericho themselves. Guests will also be offered an easy, short, 1/4 mile hike just past the Walls of Jericho to see a pair of massive, impressive sandstone pillars and get a unique perspective of the multiple rows of monoliths as well as a view of the Walls themselves from an entirely different perspective. Next up is the Gypsum sinkhole. If you're lucky, you may even be greeted by some pronghorn antelopes that have been sticking around this spot recently. The drive at this point offers completely different scenery from the first half of the loop. We travel between the walls of Entrada sandstone as numerous igneous intrusions dissect the valley giving you an impression of being on yet another distant planet than the one just visited at the Bentonite Hills! Our tour now reaches the famous Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon, an iconic symbol of Capitol Reef and the subject of many postcards. This is going to be our longest stop. Not only will we see the famous monoliths but we will also walk around the Glass Mountain, a formation entirely made of an enormous lattice of crystals. You will also be told the historic geologic connection of the opposite looking Gypsum Sinkhole encountered earlier. Whether you choose to depart early in the morning or in the afternoon, this will be the time when the Monoliths are at their most glorious with sun rays lighting them in a spectacular way, bringing their red-orange saturation to its maximum which will be unforgettable. ***For an additional fee guests can be taken to another special spot, where nature plays a game of visual illusion and brings together the complete universe: temples of the Sun, Moon, and the Temples of the Stars, all in one mind-blowing panorama. This is an easy, however lengthy, 45 minute one-way hike, away from the typical views, that we highly recommend. For a small fee, you can be treated to yet another uniquely beautiful vista. Even if we just visited what makes the Cathedral Valley so desired despite its tricky road conditions, we are not done yet. The remaining hour of the tour is all about color, more endless Bentonite Hill formations and the views getting closer to Mancos Shale ridges. These depositional layers tell the long-past story of Utah being the bottom of not one but two oceans. Once we reach the highway it takes only 30 minutes to be back to your hotel and dinner with your adventurous companions. In summary, This tour offers a myriad of irresistible photo opportunities, a mind-expanding view of the eons-long geologic history of Capitol Reef, and deep dives into the wonders of nature that created these most epically beautiful landscapes.

Capitol Reef National Park: Milky Way Portraits & Stargazing

2. Capitol Reef National Park: Milky Way Portraits & Stargazing

Experience the wonders of the cosmos on a guided stargazing tour under the star-studded skies of Capitol Reef National Park. Be led to a remote location so the stellar displays above can shine even brighter. Benefit from convenient hotel transfer from Torrey, refreshments, and a souvenir photograph. Start your night adventure with a pickup from the location of your choosing in Torry aboard a luxury, off-road SUV. Relax with comfort items including blankets, hot or cold beverages, and snacks. Follow your guide's instructions and be transported to a dark location to get obstruction-free views of the breathtaking galaxy. Give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness while you gain deeper insight into the universe. Once you've settled in, take in as many majestic sights as possible. Celebrate your experience with the lasting memory of a photo of you and your group with the Milky Way as a backdrop. At the end of your stargazing experience, return to your accommodation in the city with your memories locked in a portrait photograph.

Torrey: Moonscape, Factory Butte, and Capitol Reef Park Tour

3. Torrey: Moonscape, Factory Butte, and Capitol Reef Park Tour

Guests will be picked up at their lodging location and brought to The Factory Butte and Moonscape Overview, a region formerly known to only locals and insiders which now has become increasingly popular and desired due to its otherworldly beauty and its increased visibility on popular social media posts. The Factory Butte region is located in the remote desert of the San Rafael Swell that is more safely & easily accessible with a knowledgeable guide and a capable, comfortable luxury off-road vehicle. Guest will be transported to the region by a guide with over a decade of experience exploring and photographing these rather exclusive places who will comfortably get them there whether for those epic photos or just a sightseeing experience rivaled by few places on Earth. Guests will also be brought to Swing Arm City, the place where all those cool car and SUV ads are filmed as well as being immersed in the stunning, surreal, Moon-like landscapes that abound on this one-a-kind adventure. Note; drones are welcome and permitted on this adventure!

Capitol Reef National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Capitol Reef National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your gateway to the rugged and captivating landscapes of Capitol Reef National Park. Get ready to embark on a journey through time as you explore the unique geology, rich history, and stunning natural wonders of this hidden gem. As you begin your adventure through Capitol Reef National Park with the Shaka Guide app, prepare to be awestruck by the park's magnificent sandstone cliffs, towering monoliths, and deep canyons. The app will provide informative and engaging audio commentary, sharing the stories of the park's ancient rock formations and the people who once called this place home. Discover the park's namesake, the Waterpocket Fold, a massive buckle in the Earth's crust that stretches for nearly 100 miles. Learn about the forces of nature that created this incredible geological feature and shaped the diverse landscapes you'll encounter throughout the park. Drive along the park's scenic roads, such as the Capitol Reef Scenic Drive where the Shaka Guide app will point out significant landmarks, stunning viewpoints, and hidden gems along the way. Marvel at the towering cliffs, vibrant rock formations, and panoramic vistas that make Capitol Reef a photographer's paradise. Explore the park's extensive network of hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging treks. The app will guide you to iconic trails like Hickman Bridge, Cassidy Arch, and Capitol Gorge, where you can immerse yourself in the park's natural beauty, encounter unique rock formations, and witness the remnants of ancient civilizations. Learn about the rich cultural history of the area as the Shaka Guide app shares stories of the Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan peoples who once thrived in this desert oasis. Visit the park's historic sites, such as the Fruita Historic District, where you can explore the preserved orchards, historic buildings, and even pick fresh fruit during the harvest season. Enjoy the tranquility of the park's campgrounds and picnic areas, where you can take a break and savor a meal surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Capitol Reef. The app will highlight ideal spots for picnicking and provide insights into the park's unique flora and fauna. With the Shaka Guide app as your knowledgeable companion, your visit to Capitol Reef National Park will be enriched by fascinating tales, geological insights, and practical information. So, grab your phone, and get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through the timeless beauty of Capitol Reef National Park. During your tour you can: • Visit historic sites like the Fruita Schoolhouse and Fremont Petroglyphs • Take in views of the Waterpocket Fold — a 100-mile-long wrinkle in the Earth’s crust • Stop by Fruita Orchards for local produce • Take a picturesque ride along the park’s scenic drive

3 hour Bentonite Hills off-road tour

5. 3 hour Bentonite Hills off-road tour

You will be transported across a landscape that covers over 200 million years of paleontological history by a guide who will share knowledge of the region's ancient and more recent history. The scenic beauty of this experience is unrivaled anywhere and combined with the specific details of this Jurassic wonderland, you will be treated to an all-senses experience that will fill your memory, and memory card!, with a unique and exclusive adventure. The route is filled with one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities as well as being a legal area for drone usage! This experience includes an off-road adventure not accessible to most vehicles including a river crossing, desert traversals, and the detailed, local knowledge of an experienced guide! Snacks and bottled water are provided as well as reference material to further enrich your understanding and appreciation of the region you will be exploring.

Utah: Capitol Reef National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

6. Utah: Capitol Reef National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 17+ -mile-long tour covers the essentials of Capitol Reef in 2-3 hours. Explore Utah's Capitol Reef National Park on a self-guided audio tour. See major natural landmarks like Twin Rocks, Chimney Rocks, and the Fluted Wall as you drive at your own pace. Begin your tour in the town of Torrey. Catch your first glimpse of the unique landscape that has made the Reef famous as you approach the national park. Learn about the park’s history and the tribes who once lived there. See the Twin Rocks and Chimney Rock, iconic formations that will teach you how to identify the different geologic layers you’ll see throughout the Reef. Catch the views from Panorama Point and Gooseneck Overlook. Visit the Fluted Wall, which offers a glimpse back 240 million years into the past. Then, turn your gaze upward to gape at the Castle, a natural fortress overlooking the park. Arrive at the Visitor Center and the official entrance to the most scenic part of the Reef. Go past the Ripple Rock Nature Center and to the Fruita Historic District. Explore this remnant of an old Mormon pioneer town. Continue on toward Danish Hill to take in some more views with a chance to spot some local wildlife. Pass Oyler Mine next, where workers once harvested uranium. Learn about the local Paiute tribe and their traditions and legends. Stop at other major sights, including the Capitol Gorge Trailhead, the ancient petroglyphs, the Hickman Bridge Trail, and the Behunin Cabin.

Capitol Reef: The Iconic Temples of the Sun and Moon

7. Capitol Reef: The Iconic Temples of the Sun and Moon

If you don't have a full day to visit the entire Cathedral Valley Look this tour will take you directly to the most iconic feature of Capitol Reef National Park, The Temples. We will pick up guests at their lodging location in one of our luxury off-road SUVs. Guests will then be transported through approximately 20 miles of some of the most remote terrain in Utah. The renowned Temples are the most visited feature of Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park and include Glass Mountain and the famous Temples of the Sun, Moon, and Stars. Refreshments include water and light snacks. Insight into the history, both ancient, geologic, and recent, will be provided to add to the pure scenic spectacle that is an unforgettable memory and adventure.

Goblin Valley State Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Goblin Valley State Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore the fascinating world of Goblin Valley State Park with our immersive audio tour! This guided journey takes you through the park's unique landscapes and geological formations, giving you an in-depth understanding of the area's history and natural wonders. As you explore, you'll learn about the fascinating goblin-like rock formations that give the park its name and how they were formed over millions of years. This self-guided audio tour is packed with engaging stories and fascinating facts that will keep you entertained and informed throughout your visit. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned park enthusiast, our audio tour is the perfect way to experience Goblin Valley State Park. With its easy-to-use interface and clear directions, you can explore at your own pace and take as many breaks as you like. So, turn your phone into a personal guide and experience the park in a whole new way, making memories that will last a lifetime. Things you'll experience on the tour: • Explore the unique rock formations and intricate hoodoos that give Goblin Valley State Park its name. • Embark on a scenic hike through the park's trails, immersing yourself in the surreal landscapes. • Participate in geocaching and discover hidden treasures within the park. • Enjoy a picnic amidst the whimsical rock formations, surrounded by the park's stunning vistas. • Engage in nature observation and spot unique desert plants and wildlife in their natural habitat. • Go camping and spend a night under the starry desert sky, surrounded by the eerie beauty of the goblins. • Famous display of Barrier Canyon and Fremont style pictographs. • A collection of three hoodoos, the most famous rock formation in the park.

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This was such an amazing experience! We had such a great time even though it was so cold! They brought hot chocolate and snacks which was such a lovely thing!! I loved getting pictures with the Milky Way! They picked a very great remote and quiet place to stargaze. We enjoyed listening to all the great stories about the stars and getting to see the beetle juice!(:

An excellent private day. Our guide, Miss Jenny, gave us lots of info on the geology, the creation of the mountains, flora and fauna. Very available. We discovered Cathedral Valley and Capitol Reef from a fantastic angle. You really have to do this trip.

Great trip! Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area and knew where the best picture spots were. The vehicle was in prime condition and the roads were in good condition too. Plenty of snacks and water.

This was an incredible experience. Jenny my guide was amazing & super knowledgeable about the stars, planets etc. The skies at night in Utah are not to be missed.

Mel , our guide was great Was knowledgeable about the area Didn’t mind answering our questions and was helpful with suggestions on what else to go in the area