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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Best-Kept Secret: Capitol Reef National Park

One of America's best ideas is also one of our best kept secrets. Capitol Reef National Park is featured in this photo essay on The photos are well worth viewing and the text offers useful insights. Below are excerpts.

With such natural beauty, it's a surprise that more people don't come in crowds to visit the park. But the nearest traffic light is 78 miles away, reported National Geographic, and it's Utah's least-visited national park. Strolling alone along the lengthy trails in the park, you might think you're the last human on earth.

In addition to breathtaking scenery and a long history, Capitol Reef offers a number of outdoor activities, from rock climbing to off-road driving, says the Utah Travel Industry. The National Parks Traveler particularly recommends the newly reopened Hickman Bridge Trail, a 2-mile-round-trip that gives hikers views of the Hickman Bridge, the reef, Capitol Dome and the Rim Overlook.

"Hot and Smart" College Students

Another well-kept secret secret is the quality of our universities, and students. Brigham Young University in Provo recently came out on top of a "hot and smart" survey by Business Insider magazine. Who would have guessed that conservative, Mormon-owned BYU would win that contest.

The website reportedly based the rankings on data that included nearly 1 million student reviews of more than 8,000 schools, and at the end Brigham Young University was ranked No. 1 on the list.

Well, those of us who live in the Provo area aren't that surprised.

Dave Webb


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