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Utah: Capitol Reef National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

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

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. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! 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 National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. 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

Capitol Reef | Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

3. Capitol Reef | Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Capitol Reef is included in Utah’s Mighty 5 for a reason, with an amazing collection of massive, colored rock formations, cliffs and slot canyons rise from below the surface to provide us with an amazing display. Flexible Tour: Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Major Highlights: Scenic Drive Capitol Gorge Fruita Fruita Schoolhouse Goosenecks Grand Wash Road Grand Wash Trail Petroglyphs Includes: The highlights of the tour are found along Highway 24 with the petroglyphs by the native people of Fremont Culture, and on the 8-mile Scenic Drive that explores deeper into the park's natural features. For just an 8 mile drive, the Scenic Drive really packs a punch with many spectacular views and amazing layered rock formations. It is the true highlight of Capitol Reef as we experience the Waterpocket Fold, up close and personal, as well as Fruita with its fruit orchards and preserved buildings like the one room Fruita Schoolhouse. Beyond the official scenic drive begins an unpaved spur road continues for two miles (3.2 km) into Capitol Gorge. This narrow, twisting roadway used to be the main throughway through south central Utah. Continue to hike along the old roadbed to a spot where early pioneers and Mormon settlers carved their names in the rocks as they passed through the canyon. Alternatively, drive the dirt Grand Wash Road, a short unpaved spur road located midway along the Scenic Drive. Grand Wash gets us intimately close with the rock layers, which in places look like Swiss cheese, that follows a huge walled canyon to the trailheads for Cassidy Arch and Grand Wash Trail.

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