the best trails snacks to pack for a day in capitol reef national park

The Best Trails Snacks to Pack for a Day in Capitol Reef National Park

by | Sep 25, 2023

One of the most popular activities to enjoy during your stay at our Chuckwagon Inn is hiking. With Capitol Reef National Park just minutes away, and a variety of other parks, like Arches National Park, within just a couple of hours’ drive, you’ll have no shortage of trails to choose from during your stay in the best hotel or motel Torrey has to offer.

If you’re planning to do some hiking during your visit to the best hotels near Capitol Reef National Park, you’ll need to pack the right gear. Hiking boots, extra socks, versatile layers, and a day pack are all must-haves. But another item you should have along is some tasty trail snacks. This helps give you energy on the trail and keeps you full until you’re finished hiking and can head to our Capitol Reef Inn and Cafe for a tasty meal.

Keep reading to learn a few of the best trail snacks to pack for your stay at Chuckwagon Lodge.

Trail Mix

It likely comes as no surprise that trail mix is one of the most popular snacks to enjoy on the trail. Trail mix is filling and tasting, and easy to adapt to different tastes. One great thing about trail mix is that you can purchase it pre-made or make your own. There are tons of recipes that make it easy to customize your own homemade trail mix. Dried fruits, granola, and nuts are popular ingredients. But you can also add cereal, candies, peanut butter or yogurt chips, and other small snacks to the mix. 

If you’re planning to bring a lot of trail mix along, make sure to separate it into smaller bags or containers. That way you can easily nosh while hiking without having to try to carry a larger container.

Protein Bars and Granola Bars

Granola bars and protein bars are even more convenient than trail mix for hiking. They’re easy to toss in your backpack and to eat while on the go. Plus, you can opt for a protein bar or a granola bar with peanut butter to boost your protein intake, which is important if you’re going to take on challenging trails like Rim Overlook Trail or Cassidy Arch Trail.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a popular ingredient in trail mix and granola bars. But it can also be a filling and easy snack on its own. A jar of peanut butter is a little heavier than some of the other items on this list, but packs a lot of protein in just a few spoonfuls. Plus, unlike crackers or granola bars, you won’t have to worry about crushing this snack in your backpack.

If you don’t like peanut butter, have an allergy, or just want to mix things up, you can also opt for other types of nut butter. Almond butter, cashew butter, and sun butter, which is made from sunflower seeds, are all great alternatives. If you like your trail snack to taste a little more like desert, Nutella adds a sweet touch but won’t melt in your pack.

Beef Jerky

If you need a break from snacks that are on the sweeter side, beef jerky is a great alternative. This shelf-stable snack can make for an easy meal or snack while hiking. You can choose from a variety of flavors available at most grocery stores or even gas stations. If you have a food dehydrator, you can even make your own.

Box Lunches

When you need something a little more filling than trail mix and protein bars, you won’t have to go far. Our Capitol Reef Inn and Cafe serves up grab-and-go sandwich boxes perfect for taking into the park with you each day.

Stop by the Deli and Store at Chuckwagon Lodge to order your Box Lunch. Choose from a variety of meats, including ham, turkey, roast beef, corned beef, chicken, pastrami, salami, or pepperoni. Then, choose from a variety of breads, cheeses, and other toppings. Add an apple or orange, a bag of chips, a homemade cookie, and a bottle of water, and you have the perfect quick lunch to enjoy. Head to your favorite picnic spot in the park for a tasty meal with a great view.

The deli at Chuckwagon Lodge also offers hot breakfasts and lunches. Fill up with a frittata, quiche, breakfast sandwiches, and more before a day of hiking in Capitol Reef. If you’re sticking around the resort in the afternoon or taking a midday break, order burgers, paninis, salads, and more for lunch.

Planning Your Next Stay at Chuckwagon Inn

If you’re planning to do some hiking during your stay at our Chuckwagon Inn, you’ll definitely want to pack some trail snacks. From a boxed lunch from our Capitol Reef Inn and Cafe to trail mix and nut butters, there’s no shortage of snacks to choose from.

Even more important than trail snacks is water. It’s important to pack more water than you think you’ll need, even if you aren’t hiking in the dead of summer. If you are planning a stay in hotels near Capitol Reef National Park from June to August, it’s important to be prepared for the heat. Check out this article next to learn how to prepare to properly prepare for a hike in the heat.

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