Before we actually went to Capitol Reef we made a short stop at Goblins State Park. Why is it called this? Apparently the sandstone rocks (hoodoos) look like goblins. You can decide if you agree.
So after a run through the goblin rocks, we arrived in Capitol Reef, picked up our map at the Visitor’s Center & the park employee recommended some areas for us to visit. We started with Grand Wash Drive.
From there you have views of Cassidy Arch & Fern’s Nipple.
Our second stop was the Capitol Gorge, a narrow path that can become flooded during rainy season with steep canyon walls on both sides. From this trail, we connected with another path up to The Tanks.
The Tanks…large rock mounds.
One of the views leaving the park.
We were supposed to stay the night at the Old Schoolhouse B&B in Torrey (pictured below – source) but it was closed for the season. We had made a reservation back in August last year & received a confirmation but after speaking with the company that manages the reservations they blocked off all the rooms for this winter season last year. Apparently not early enough for us to still make a reservation! That’s okay though as we ended up driving to our next destination, the Stone Canyon Inn in Tropic. They had availability & allowed us to get an early start of exploring Bryce Canyon.