Capitol Reef National Park
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Gifford Homestead in Fruita at Capitol Reef National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo.
Spring and early summer are a great time to visit Capitol Reef. The temperatures are warm, but not too hot, and the landscape richly colored thanks to the leafy orchards and the red-rock backdrops in all directions. The Gifford Homestead lends a decided settlers' charm to Fruita.
A hogback running nearly 100 miles north and south through central Utah is the defining spine of Capitol Reef National Park, but this ruddy landscape offers many more geologic and cultural wonders.