While our National Parks encompass some of our countries most incredible natural wonders they also come with their share of restrictions, most notably very limited access for dogs. With that and the fact that they also tend to draw large crowds, we’ve enjoyed discovering public lands adjacent to several National Parks with just as much to offer minus the restrictions and crowds.
Notom Road off Highway 24 led us South briefly thru Capitol Reef National Park to Burr Trail, the park’s exit and Stanton Road. A great network of roads under BLM management extend past the Park’s exit at its Southern end. As we searched for a campsite on the mesa opposite the Waterpocket Fold, we stumbled upon Halls Creek Overlook which boasted incredible views of this geological wonder. It’s little discoveries like this that make the entire day one to remember.
With a strong spring storm in the forecast, we were delighted to find a beautiful yet private campsite not too far from paved Stanton Road. When off-roading thru Southern Utah it’s imperative to watch the weather closely as many roads in the region become impassable when wet.
The Waterpocket Fold from Halls Creek Overlook:
GPS coordinates: 37,43.07N 110,55.82W
Campsite location coordinates: Latitude 37, 40.98N Longitude 110, 51.55W
Half-marathon training while camping proved to be a great way to take in our incredible surroundings.