Courier March Courier - Page 38

COMPASS FOUR CORNERS U.S. Goblin up the southern Utah scenery Legend has it that when outlaw Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch were looking for a place to lay low, one of their out- posts was the canyon country of south-central Utah. The area around Capitol Reef National Park remains a good choice for travelers seeking to lose the crowds but still experience the state’s vast natural beauty. This diverse region, known as Capitol Reef Country, is a place where groups can see steep mountains, jagged pin- nacles, colorful rock formations, dense forests and remote desert landscapes. No matter which way they head after exploring the national park, they have plenty of options for outdoor adventure. To the east … is Goblin Valley State Park. Located north of Hanksville, this attraction is home to a large group of mushroom-shaped rock formations and a few arches. Hiking trails lead to a number of well-preserved pictographs and petroglyphs thought to be the works of ancient tribes that inhabited the area. Goblin Valley State Park To the west … is Fishlake National Forest. Adorned by countless aspen trees, the 1.5-million-acre recreational area is a top spot for ATV tours, horseback rides, hiking and fishing. The nearby Henry Mountains and the Dixie National Forest offer additional nature experiences, ranging from buffalo viewing to rock climbing. To the south … is Anasazi State Park and Museum. This historical village was home to one of Utah’s largest Anasazi Indian communities