We just happened upon this oasis when we were exploring the Capitol Reef National Park. It was early in the morning and we'd already explored some of the scenic backroads where rounded Navajo sandstone forms capitol-like domes and sheer cliffs. We were hungry. Then, around the bend appeared the remnants of a Mormon frontier community (1880s) where orchards were planted (and still remain . . .an early morning deer haven). The Gifford Store & Museum opens at 8 am, and just about that time the fresh pies, scones, breads and cookies appear (see photos). There's hot coffee and all the makings for a great morning break. Also the store has many handmade items worthy of buying (I stocked up on a dozen or more flour-sack towels, hand-embroidered by an 89-year-old lady from Torrey, UT (her husband irons them perfectly!). A very fun discovery. PS: The campground next door looks inviting.
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