bugsy running on lone rock beach with the airstream and f-150 in the background

Two days just outside Capitol Reef National Park, UT–Big Trip #3

We visited Capitol Reef in October 2020, as part of Big Trip #3. Read about our first visit to Capitol Reef here in 2016.

Bugsy near Capitol Reef

After fueling up with a delicious breakfast outside Escalante, we zipped down the road to Capitol Reef National Park. We’d been to Capitol Reef before, and based ourselves in the little town of Torrey, just outside the western park entrance. This time, we did it a little differently…


the Airstream near Capitol Reef

Oh boy, am I going to let you in on a juicy secret! There is an incredible dispersed camping area just outside Capitol Reef. It’s absolutely wonderful and I’m going to spill the beans. Ok, I guess I’ll make you work for it a little bit–go read about it here. You’re welcome!

Bugsy and the Airstream at our campsite near Capitol Reef
Bugsy outside the Airstream

So, we boondocked at that super fantastic place for two days, and hiked around Capitol Reef as much as we could while reserving time to hang out with Bugsy at our insane campsite. Note that there’s river access at the bottom of the hill if you need to fill up water containers, and if you’re going into the national park you can fill up at the campground. [To do: our neighbor recommended Goblin Valley State Park and dispersed camping down Wild Horse Road]

I updated our Capitol Reef post to include the hikes we did this visit, but if you want to see some photos, read on.


Spring Canyon

hiking through Spring Canyon
hiking a slot canyon in Spring Canyon

Fremont Gorge Overlook

hiking Fremont Gorge Overlook trail
hiking to Fremont Gorge Overlook

Grand Wash

Grand Wash hike in Capitol Reef


2 responses to “Two days just outside Capitol Reef National Park, UT–Big Trip #3”

  1. […] spilled the beans about a super boondocking spot in my last post, so might as well keep rolling with the theme and tell you about another one. Valley of the Gods, […]

  2. […] Boondocking just outside Capitol Reef National Park, UT […]

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