Fruita Valley in Grand Capitol Reef
The Grand Capitol Reef in Utah, USA, became a National Monument in 1937, and a National Park in 1971.
The park possesses unique geological formations, important archaeological finds, different plants and animal communities and is home to some of the first Mormon pioneers. They followed the Fremont River into the Valley, which they called the Fruita Valley, where they planted orchards and other crops grown to the day and the road. The start was not so difficult for this, as there were already on the site irrigating channels that the Indians, who had previously lived on the spot, had made. The valley was later abandoned, as the place is simply too remote for trading to take place easily. First in 1985 was a new road from Boulder constructed, which allowed connection per car all year round.
The Mormons, immigrating in 1880, planted many apple trees, peaches, pears and apricots. They made irrigation systems and built a tiny school. You can still see the old school and the blacksmith.
Capitol Reef is a huge park. As you drive out of a scenic drive, you are constantly surprised that it can be even more beautiful. The view is breathtaking and you are once again amazed and humble about how incredibly beautiful nature is.
In Capitol Reef there are many well marked hiking trails. We chose to hike a trail in a mile long gorge, where we saw petroglyphs and unique water holes high up on the plateau next to the trail. It required some use of leg muscles to climb up the cliff side, but everything was worth the effort.
Petroglyphs are carvings and paintings made by the people who lived around 300 to 1300. They were ancestors of the present Hopies, Zunies and Paiuter indians
The trip was pretty hard but it was worth it when we first got up and enjoyed the view