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How to Prepare for Capitol Reef Hikes

Sep 21, 2023 | Capitol Reef National Park, Cougar Ridge Lodge, National Parks, Our Blog, Things to do in Utah | 0 comments

One of the most popular activities to enjoy during your stay in the best mountain home lodge Utah has to offer is hiking. From the popular Cassidy Arch Trail to the challenging Navajo Knobs Trail, there are countless Capitol Reef hikes to choose from. And Capitol Reef isn’t the only place to hit the trails; there are also several Southern Utah state parks and other destinations just a short drive away.

If you’re planning to do some hiking during your stay at Cougar Ridge, there are a few things you should do ahead of your trip to prepare. Whether you’re a frequent hiker or not, doing a little preparation before your trip can help you stay safe on the trails.

Keep reading to learn our top tips to prepare for Capitol Reef hikes.

Get Hydrated

Much of Southern Utah, including Capitol Reef, is known for its hot, sunny summers. Whether you’re used to the heat or not, it’s important to start preparing your body for the elements long before you arrive at lodges in Utah.

As a general rule, an adult needs around a half liter of water for every hour of hiking. But if you’re taking on a challenging hike or the temperatures are high, you may need much more. Start hydrating a week before your trip with water and electrolyte beverages. While hiking, make sure to pack more water than you plan to need, just in case.

Never Hike Alone

Capitol Reef National Park has plenty of backcountry areas full of rugged, remote trails. But many of the most popular treks are well-marked, maintained trails. As long as you stay on the trail, it’s easy to not get lost. However, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the worst.

Perhaps the most important tip you could follow as a new hiker or a hiker new to the landscapes of Southern Utah is to always bring a buddy. No matter how short or safe you think a trail is, it’s never a good idea to go it alone. Even seasoned, experienced hikers can run into trouble on the trail

A hiking buddy is more than just a safety feature though. While being alone with nature is definitely a rewarding experience, having a friend along can make every experience more fun. Even better yet, why not bring a whole group to enjoy some incredible Capitol Reef hikes together? Cougar Ridge is home to the best mountain home lodge Utah has to offer. With four master suites and a bunk room, The Grand Lodge can sleep multiple families, your whole group of friends, or even play host to a corporate retreat. That way, you won’t have to worry about not having a hiking buddy!

Know Some Basic First Aid

Even a short, easy hike carries some risk. You could slip on a rock, roll an ankle, or even just get a headache. Being prepared for things like hiking blisters or a scrape can help you prevent a minor injury from derailing your Capitol Reef hikes.

If you know that you’ll be hitting the trails during your stay in lodges in Utah, don’t forget to pack a first aid kit and learn some basic first aid. Learn how to treat blisters and bug bites, tape ankles, clean cuts, and how to spot the early signs of worse injuries, like broken bones or concussions. While you may not be able to treat these injuries on the trail, knowing what they look like will help you decide when it’s time to turn back and seek help for you or your companion.

You should also learn the signs of dehydration and heatstroke so that you’ll know what to watch for on the trails.

Take a Hike

Another thing you can do to prepare for Capitol Reef hikes is to do some hiking before you ever leave home. Hiking, like any sport, takes practice and dedication. You can’t hike once or twice and expect to build up the stamina and skills to take on a difficult trail, especially in the challenging landscapes of Southern Utah. 

Instead, hike as often as you can. Seek out local trails in your city. Take day trips to state parks or even national parks if they are close enough to you. 

If you can’t hike often enough to start building your endurance, you can also walk daily. Try to walk up and down hills or on uneven surfaces to mimic the feel of a trail. It’s also a good idea to go ahead and wear your hiking boots to start breaking them in–no one wants to get blisters while on the trail!

Choosing the Best Capitol Reef Hikes

If you’re planning to take on some Capitol Reef hikes during your stay at Cougar Ridge, these tips can help you prepare. Being prepared can help ensure a safe and enjoyable stay at the best mountain home lodge Utah has to offer!

Ready to start choosing the right Capitol Reef hikes for your stay? First you’ll need to book your own private villa! Book your stay at one of the best lodges in Utah today!

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