I took at 3 day trip to Southern Utah with my Brother in April of 2009. We started out camping on BLM land just west of Goblin Valley State Park. We had fairly clear skies and a full moon. The next day we hiked Little Wild Horse Canyon, the premier non-technical (i.e. no rappelling) slot canyon in the San Rafael Swell. Then had a whirlwind 1.5 hours at Goblin Valley. Proceeding Southwest we went through Hanksville and turned North off of highway 24 at the Caineville Wash Road. Not much of a road, the county runs a grader up and down it a couple of times a year.
This road led us to the Cathedral Valley area of Capitol Reef National Park. We visited and photographed the Temple of the Moon and the Temple of the Sun. Then headed west to Upper Cathedral Valley and the Morrell Cabin. We camped ALONE in the Upper Cathedral Valley Campground on the Friday before Easter. That was a surprise, even though this is a primitive campground with no running water and non-flush vault toilets I expected to have company there.
The next day we drove out on the Ford Road, so named because you have to ford the Freemont River right before you get to Highway 24. (5 miles further west from where we turned off. But about 55-60 miles of driving. We then headed west through Capitol Reef National park but not stopping due to time. We made lunch in Torrey and headed South on Highway 12 through the Boulder Mtns and through the town of Boulder to the Calf Creek National Recreation Area where we hiked to Lower Calf Creek Falls.
We were planning to go to Kodachrome Basin State Park but the NOAA weather channel warned us of impending storms so we headed through Escalante and up to Ruby's Inn by Bryce Canyon got dinner and headed home.
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Keywords:Bentonite Hills, Capitol Reef National Park, Cathedral Valley, Goblin Valley, Little Wild Horse Canyon, Lower Calf Creek Falls
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