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The lady ranger in the booth let us know that the Squaw Flats Campground hadn’t reached occupancy the night before, and we were so early that we should have no trouble finding a site.
We cruised through the first area and the sites were nicely spaced all along the low, muffin-topped rock wall behind them. They were more private than Cap Reef but we decided to see what the second area further on had to offer.
As we rounded the bend we saw it…probably the neatest campsite in the whole place. It had its own little toadstool and was well away from any of the other sites. On the east side where you pull into your driveway, there was a table, and fire ring. Behind that was a cave-like alcove that was deep enough that you could drag the table under it for cover if need be. Best of all the site was empty and available.
We wasted no time filling out the permit and claiming Site #18 for two nights. Within a few minutes the tent was up and the chairs were plopped in the grotto with the folding side table between. There was even a convenient flat rock protruding from the wall to make dry storage for the percolator, paper towels and assorted other camp items.

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