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A casual jaunt up from the campground ends with big views of the Fruita area and Waterpocket Fold. Though similar views, this is a hike I would highly recommend over The Old Wagon Road. It offers great views, especially in evening lighting as the sun is setting on the Waterpocket Fold. You are very likely to see deer and other wildlife during the first part of this hike.
From the Capitol Reef Visitor Center, follow the Scenic Byway. At about 1.3 miles is the campground on the right. Follow the signs to the amphitheater parking lot.
From the amphitheater parking, follow the trail as it hugs the bank of the Fremont River. The orchard on the left is often home to deer and other wildlife. The trail quickly begins leaving the valley floor and making a steep climb up a hill on Miners Mountain. Near the top, a flat section overlooks the Fremont River Gorge and makes a nice rest spot. From the viewpoint, it is another 5-10 minutes and more uphill to the end of the trail that overlooks the visitor center, Fruita, the Waterpocket Fold, and Miners Mountain. Return the same way.
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