Pioneer Register, Capitol Reef National Park

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  • The Pioneer Register is a section of carvings on the canyon walls in Capitol Gorge. Pioneers carved their names on the walls of the canyon and sometimes the date they did so as well. It is a really....  more
    The Pioneer Register is a section of carvings on the canyon walls in Capitol Gorge. Pioneers carved their names on the walls of the canyon and sometimes the date they did so as well. It is a really....  more »
  • Very cool to see! Note some of the pioneers who passed through here used their gun and bullets to “ shoot” their names or initials into the rocks. The walk into this site is easy and quite level... 
    Very cool to see! Note some of the pioneers who passed through here used their gun and bullets to “ shoot” their names or initials into the rocks. The walk into this site is easy and quite level...  more »
  • One of the activities that we did when we were recently in Capitol Reef National Park is the Pioneer Registry and Tanks trail. This is found in the Capitol Gorge canyon, driving up both the paved and....  more
    One of the activities that we did when we were recently in Capitol Reef National Park is the Pioneer Registry and Tanks trail. This is found in the Capitol Gorge canyon, driving up both the paved and....  more »
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  • This is the "highlight" of the Capitol Gorge hike. The walls are covered in graffiti left by the first settlers over a century and a half ago (including the Gifford's, for whom the famous homestead building that today sells pie is named), as well as some petroglyphs from even earlier visitors. Walking along the same path these settlers took to make it out west is a pretty awesome experience. Getting here requires a relatively short and rather easy hike along a wash surrounded by large rocks. The hike itself is very unremarkable, but what makes this hike a 5-star attraction in my book is the impressive surroundings and the incredible history. Make sure to check the weather before doing this hike, as it is in a wash with sheer cliff faces on either side. If there is rain in the forecast, best to avoid. Also unless you have a 4WD or high clearance vehicle, take it slow on the fairly well-maintained, though still somewhat rough road leading to the parking lot
  • The trail is awesome. The giant cliff face with names written all over it is awesome. The drive there is awesome. Took some pictures of wildlife we saw on the road to the hike.
  • It was ok. Not really what we expected. There's really just one wall with some writing, which is kind of cool. But, if you want to do something else and are trying to choose what to do, I'd save this for another time. Simple, but a lot of rocks on the trail.
  • One of the interesting things to see along the Capital Gorge Trail is the Pioneer Register, which is a stretch of sandstone wall where early travellers recorded their names after passing through the gorge. Here you can make out names and dates from the 1880s to early 20th century, mixed in with more recent and unfortunate graffiti. There are a fair number of traveller names to view and take pictures of if interested. Note: You can also find petroglyphs from the Fremont people who lived in this area between 600 and 1300 AD, not far from the trailhead parking lot. Unfortunately, time has done these images no favours and they are in rather poor condition. Both the Pioneer Register and the much earlier petroglyphs are worth spending a few minutes during your hike of the Capital Gorge. Enjoy them and take a few snapshots and then continue onward into the gorge.
  • This was a fun, easy hike to see. The trailhead is well kept and well maintained. If you keep going you can hike to natural water tanks.

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