Grand Wash in Capital Reef NP

Flat walks are also fun. Especially after a big climb and lots of steps the day before. After breakfast, we proceeded to Grand Wash which we had seen when we drove into the park. There is no gateway into the park, therefore many people never visit the Visitor Center and pay to park.

We were on the main road by 8 am on a Saturday, and the parking lots were getting full. We walked 1.5 miles into the Grand Wash, which connects to the Wash we visited the previous day. It is only around 6-7 miles round trip, and could be a nice shady day hike in the early summer morning.

We walked on the creek bed with a few other people. As we met people coming from the other direction, we asked how far it was to ‘The Narrows’. They kept saying, not far. But I am still not sure we accessed it from this end. It was Narrow. It turned sharply, but it was not a slot canyon by any description.

But as they were going through a vineyard, with a fence on either side, the donkey again saw God’s angel blocking the way and veered into the fence, crushing Balaam’s foot against the fence. Balaam hit her again.

God’s angel blocked the way yet againa very narrow passage this time; there was no getting through on the right or left. Seeing the angel, Balaam’s donkey sat down under him. Balaam lost his temper; he beat the donkey with his stick. Numbers 22:24-27 The Message

Interesting water flows through the holes in the rocks during the intermittent flooding. The morning shadows highlighted the darkness of the formations. Where would you run to if water was coming fast? Up as far as you could get. The coolness of the creek floor, was a predictor of the cold arriving here shortly in October.

It was fun finding the holes in the rock. The holes in the rock where people tossed rocks into for their amusement was weird. It was so quiet and silent even when no one was in sight. Bliss. I could revisit this underrated National Park again.

“Try this 6.9-mile out-and-back trail near Torrey, Utah. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 33 min to complete. “526 foot elevation change. Source: All Trails

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